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Euro indoor champ to miss combined events meet in Gotzis

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 12, 2015 at 4:30 a.m.



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LONDON (AP) — European indoor pentathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson has pulled out of this month's prestigious Hypo Meeting in Gotzis, Austria, because of a knee injury.

The 22-year-old British heptathlete was injured following her European title in Prague in March, and has not recovered sufficiently to compete in the combined events meet in Gotzis from May 30-31.

Johnson-Thompson finished second in a 200-meter hurdles race at the Great City Games in Manchester on Saturday. But her coach, Mike Holmes, said on Tuesday that "much of the preparation necessary to compete across all events has been lost."

Holmes says the athlete's focus will be on the world championships in Beijing in August.

Johnson-Thompson has established herself as the world's top heptathlete over the past 12 months, winning in Gotzis last year.

In March, she broke Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill's British indoor pentathlon record. It's uncertain whether Ennis-Hill will compete in Gotzis.

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