By Mellissa Henry, World-Track

PRAGUE — Czech Republic’s reigning World silver medallist Katerina Badurova says she will not compete at next month’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin because of health problems.

Badurova, who did not qualify for the Beijing Olympics last summer after suffering a right knee injury, is yet to compete this season and the vauter believes she would not be sharp enough to be competitive.

"I haven’t competed in enough competitions to enable me to defend my silver medal," she told the daily Sport on Tuesday.

She added: "I’ve agreed with my doctor and coach not to push things."

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