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Injured Pavey pulls out of World Championships

ESPN staff
July 7, 2011
Jo Pavey won the Bupa London 10,000 © Getty Images

Jo Pavey has been forced to withdraw from the World Championships in Daegu next month after picking up an injury.

Marathon runner Pavey has enjoyed a good season to date, notably beating Paula Radcliffe at the Bupa London 10,000. Clocking a time of 32.23, Pavey was the first Briton to beat Radcliffe in three years.

However, the 37-year-old will not travel to Korea in August after sustaining a foot injury. The damage is not believed to be serious, but Pavey is not willing to risk the problem with the London 2012 Olympics just a year away.

Instead she will attempt to keep sharp by running a marathon later this year. Pavey's debut in the London Marathon in April saw her produce a hugely encouraging 19th-placed finish.

The British team will also be shorn of Louise Damen, who requires treatment on a hernia. Radcliffe is another name who will not feature in Daegu.

As a result, Mara Yamauchi, Alyson Dixon and Susan Partridge will provide British representation at the World Championships, which start on August 27.

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