European and Commonwealth 1500m medallist rules out indoor season due to injury

Scotland’s Jake Wightman is set to miss the European Indoor Championships on home soil in March because of injury.

The 24-year-old, who claimed European and Commonwealth 1500m medals in 2018, announced in an Instagram post that he had developed a stress fracture in his sacrum.

“A pain in the backside (literally),” wrote Wightman, who had been due to run a 5-mile road race on Boxing Day.

“Sadly I won’t be having an indoor season after developing a stress fracture in my sacrum.”

The Edinburgh AC runner finished sixth in the 1500m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham and had been targeting a medal at the European indoor event in Glasgow.

But now he will turn his attention to returning to full fitness in time for the summer season and the IAAF World Championships in Doha.

“Gutting, but going to use this time to get everything sorted to make sure I come back and have a good summer,” he wrote.

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