Yulimar Rojas to miss long jump at World Athletics Championships

Yulimar Rojas to miss long jump at World Athletics Championships

Venezuelan triple jump Olympic champion and world record holder Yulimar Rojas will not be able to compete in the long jump at the World Athletics Championships.

Eugene was disqualified from the August qualifiers for wearing "illegal" shoes.

According to the World Athletics Authority, the Reunion de Atletico Ciudad de Guadalajara jumped 6.93 meters in the qualifying round in June but was removed from the record book. Because the shoes he wore during the triple jump were allowed at the event.

The statement said Rojas wanted to compete in the long jump later with shoes approved to qualify for the World Athletics Championships. But could not take part due to injury.

The 29-year-old has not competed since April and had knee surgery on May 2.

"Although we hoped he would be at 100 per cent for the world championships, it has been a slower healing process than we expected," Kendricks' agent, Paul Doyle, told Reuters via email.

"Sam felt his time would be better spent rehabbing to get [ready] for meets post-world championships."

The news marks the latest disappointment for the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, who missed out on competing at the Tokyo Games last summer after testing positive for COVID-19.

He produced a vault of 5.97 metres to win in 2019 and collected gold in 2017 with a leap of 5.95.