Croatian high jump star Blanka Vlasic may miss the World Championships after picking up an injury in training
High jump star Blanka Vlasic may be forced to miss the chance of defending her world title in Daegu after sustaining a leg injury in training.
The 27-year-old today posted a message on her website saying that she experienced severe pain in her left knee during a recent training session, and an MRI scan confirmed that she had ruptured the semimembranosus, a muscle that forms part of the hamstring.
Vlasic, the world and European champion, will hold a press conference on Friday where she will reveal whether she will be fit enough to compete in Daegu.
The Croatian’s last competition was in Monaco, where she won with a height of 1.97m. But in what has been a rocky season, Vlasic has only once cleared two metres and has been defeated three times.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Anna Chicherova leads the world rankings with her 2.07m leap. The 29-year-old won silver behind Vlasic at the last World Championships two years ago, and after the news of Vlasic’s injury, Chicherova now becomes the odds-on favourite to win the high jump in Daegu.