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Defending champ Walker out; favourite Hooker unsure of pole vault final

By Steve Campbell, World-Track

BERLIN — American Brad Walker will not defend his pole vault title at the World Championships, following a pelvic injury that forced him to withdraw from the competition Thursday.

Meanwhile Australian Olympic champion Steve Hooker, despite qualifying for the final, is unsure whether he will take any further part in the competition due to an injury he picked up prior to the championships.

The American Walker, who won the title in Osaka, was hurt during competition at a meet in Monaco in July, after landing awkwardly on the mat.

“It causes movement of the joint and extreme pain,” his agent, Peter Stubbs, said.

Hooker in the meantime strained the adductor in his right leg in a training session days before the Berlin championships, and he said after qualifying that he felt uncomfortable when he fell onto the mat.

“I am going to get some treatment and try to heal it as (fast as) possible and then we can see if I can make it into the final,” Hooker said after taking one jump at 5.65 meters.

“I’m jumping well. It’s just that I am not healthy.”

The final for the competition is on Saturday.

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