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Olympic silver medallist Mason out of Worlds

By Glen Andrews, World-Track

LONDON – Beijing Olympic High Jump silver medallist Germaine Mason has withdrawn from the Great Britain team for the World Championships in Berlin because of an injury.

The 26-year-old Mason, who was expected to be among the front runners for a medal in the event, suffered an ankle injury during competition at last Friday’s DN Gala IAAF Super Grand Prix meeting in Stockholm.

“A subsequent scan showed a significant ankle ligament injury in his take off leg, ruling him out for the rest of the season,” a UKA statement said.

Meanwhile, UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee, believes it was a big blow to lose the Jamaican-born star who has proven to be a championships performer.

“This is another blow to the team and the loss of Germaine, a proven championship performer, is particularly disappointing,” said UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee.

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“His was an injury sustained in competition, which is unfortunately an occupational hazard with elite athletes.

“However we need to look ahead to the Championships and our focus is on the final preparations for those athletes who will be competing in Berlin,” he added.

The championships run from August 15 -23.

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