Reigning 100 metre world champ Yohan Blake has withdrawn from next month’s World Athletics Championships in Moscow with a hamstring injury.
The 23-year-old Jamaican has been bothered by a sore hamstring since April when he competed in the Utech Classic in Jamaica.
“The injury sustained in April of this year has prevented him from attaining the necessary fitness levels that we have grown accustomed to seeing in his performances,” Blake’s agent Cubie Seegobin said Tuesday.
The injury also forced him to miss last month’s Jamaican trials.
Blake’s withdrawal not only robs the event of its defending sprint champ but it adds to the list of marquee performers who have been ruled out of the event, including some for failing doping tests.