Achilles injury wrecks Kilty's hopes of bidding for second world indoor title

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 21, 2018

After the agony of nearly losing a finger in a freak accident, Richard Kilty has suffered another blow with his indoor season now over because of a long-standing Achilles injury.

Kilty tried to compete in the 60m at the British trials over the weekend but the 28-year-old will not return to the Arena Birmingham for the World Indoors in two weeks' time.

However, the recurrence of an Achilles injury forced the 28-year-old from Teesside to withdraw from the final.

Kilty is Britain's most successful indoor athlete in recent years after winning gold at the 2014 World Championships and the European Championships in 2015 and 2017.

'Gutted to call my indoor season a day, ' Kilty confirmed on Twitter. He added that his Achilles injury flared up during his semi-final in the 60m, saying that his withdrawal was a "tough call" but that he has prioritised "other aims".

The word indoors take place between 2-4 March and the British team will be selected on Monday and then announced on Tuesday.

Sheffield's Lee Thompson produced one of the best performances of the day to win the 400m with a personal best and world indoor qualifying time of 46.23s, while Eilidh Doyle retained her title in the women's event ahead of fellow Scot Zoey Clark.

Winner Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (2:00.06) and runner-up Mhairi Hendry (2:01.30) clocked personal bests in the women's 800m, while Adam Hague won the men's pole vault with a personal best and championship record-equalling 5.65m.

And after finishing second to Laura Muir in the 3,000m on Saturday, Eilish McColgan went one better with victory in the 1500m.

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