Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis-Hill has decided not to compete at this weekend’s British Championships due to an ankle injury.
The 27-year-old has not taken to the track since winning the Olympic heptathlon title last summer and UK Athletics said the progress of her recovery from the injury has been slow.
Her coach Toni Minichiello is still optimistic Ennis-Hill will be fit to compete at the World Championships next month in Moscow, but it remains to be seen what sort of shape she will be in.
Ennis-Hill is following a comprehensive rehabilitation programme, working with the UKA medical team and her physiotherapist Alison Rose.
Her decision not to compete in Birmingham means she has now pulled out of four meetings this summer.