British high jump star Isobel Pooley has announced she has withdrawn from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games selection process after failing to recover from an ankle injury.
Pooley suffered ankle pain during her first outdoor competition of the season, and three weeks before the British Athletics Championships last month, scans revealed a stress response in her tibia.
“During pivotal discussions with my coach and team doctor I concluded that the risks involved with pushing my body to compete again this year were unacceptable,” Pooley told BBC Sport.
“More to the point, I felt strongly that I needed to respect my body’s limitations and recognise the heroic efforts made by the whole team to give me the chance of competing in Rio.
“I’m absolutely gutted that I won’t be becoming an Olympian this time around.”