Keep track of all the latest withdrawals from the IAAF World Championships in Daegu
Injuries can happen to even the best of athletes at the worst of times – like in the weeks leading up to a major championships. This year’s IAAF World Championships in Daegu is no exception, and with the competition due to get underway next weekend, several athletes have already had the misfortune of being forced to skip the global event.
While most withdrawals, such as defending 800m champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, are injury-related, others – like Steve Mullings – relate to positive drugs tests.
Following the IAAF’s recent announcement that everyone at the World Championships in Daegu will be blood tested, some are of the opinion that drug cheats may feign injury as a way to avoid tests. But that logic is potentially flawed.
Blood testing is mainly used to detect EPO and HGH. Cheats use the latter substance during training instead of close to competition, while recent evidence suggests that blood dopers are opting for autologous transfusions instead of EPO.
There have been the odd cases in the past of athletes avoiding tests by dropping out of championships, but it would be unfair to many of the innocent athletes who have picked up genuine injuries close to Daegu by tarring them with the same brush.
Below is a list of athletes who have been forced to miss the World Championships, along with a separate list of those athletes whose participation is currently in question. Both lists will be updated as and when news breaks. If you come across any news of further withdrawals or have any amendments to the lists, please use the comment form at the bottom of the page to inform us.
|Name / country||Event||Reason|
|Simone Alves da Silva (BRA)||10,000m||Achilles injury|
|Angelica Bengtsson (SWE)||Pole vault||Injury|
|Boštjan Buč (SLO)||3000m SC||Injury|
|Delores Checa (ESP)||5000m||Fatigue|
|Bryan Clay (USA)||Decathlon||Knee injury|
|Katja Demut (GER)||Triple jump||Heel injury|
|Delilah DiCrescenzo (USA)||3000m SC||Stress fracture|
|Debbie Dunn (USA)||400m||Stress fracture|
|André Höhne (GER)||20km walk||Thigh injury|
|Wilson Kiprop (KEN)||10,000m||Ankle injury|
|Andrew Lemoncello (GBR)||Marathon||Injury|
|Martial Mbandjock (FRA)||100m||Injury|
|Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA)||800m||Hamstring injury|
|Steve Mullings (JAM)||100m||Positive drugs test|
|Alsu Murtazina (RUS)||Triple jump||Injury|
|Minna Nikkanen (FIN)||Pole vault||Thumb injury|
|Josephine Onyia (ESP)||100m hurdles||Poor form|
|Darya Pizhankova (UKR)||4x100m||Positive drugs test|
|Asafa Powell (JAM)||100m||Injury|
|Mike Rodgers (USA)||100m||Positive test for stimulant|
|Snežana Rodić (SLO)||Triple jump||Illness|
|Benjamín Sánchez (ESP)||20km walk||Poor form|
|Sergio Sánchez (ESP)||5000m||Tibial nerve injury|
|Chris Solinsky (USA)||5000m||Hamstring injury|
|Christina Vukicevic (NOR)||100m hurdles||Injury|
|Jeremy Wariner (USA)||400m||Foot injury|
|Till Wöschler (GER)||Javelin||Elbow injury|
|Aleksey Zagorniy (RUS)||Hammer||Back injury|