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Former world high jump champion Vlasic to miss Moscow

Blanka Vlasic of Croatia celebrates clearing the bar at 1.91 meters on her way to winning the women's high jump at the Diamond League Adidas
Blanka Vlasic of Croatia celebrates clearing the bar at 1.91 meters on her way to winning the women's high jump at the Diamond League Adidas

(Reuters) - Twice world high jump champion Blanka Vlasic has ruled herself out of next month's world championships in Moscow as a precaution after suffering a recurrence of pain from an old injury.

The Croatian returned to competition this year after missing the whole of 2012 following surgery on her Achilles tendon.

"The pain in my foot became more intense after the Diamond League competition in Monaco (on July 19) and it still has not calmed down as after the other competitions," she wrote on her website (www.blanka-vlasic.hr).

"This is a clear sign that I need to stop for a while and recover completely. To jump in Moscow would be too much of a risk and could only jeopardize the future and I don't want to risk that."

Vlasic became world champion for the first time in Osaka in 2007 and retained her title in Berlin two years later. She was a silver medalist behind Russian Anna Chicherova two years ago in Daegu, South Korea.

Vlasic, 29, had a best leap of 2.0 meters this year, a height bettered only by Chicherova and American Brigetta Barrett.

The world championships run from August 10-18.

(Writing by Justin Palmer in London; editing by Clare Fallon)

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