Vlasic out of Olympics


Athletics:Former Olympic high jump silver medallist Blanka Vlasic has withdrawn from the London Games after failing to recovery from injury.

The 28-year-old Croatian has undergone two operations on an Achilles tendon problem and today conceded defeat in her battle to fully recover in time for London.

“In this moment my health situation is getting better and my training is more complex every day,” the world champion in 2007 and 2009 wrote on her official website. “Still, I will not be able to get into top shape in time for the Olympic Games. I’m not interested in jumping below my usual level, so it is the best thing to stay home and get the healing process to the end.

“I feel this is only a minor setback in my career and I’m looking forward to many more years of successful jumping. This is my chance for a new beginning!”

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