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Injured Silnov to miss world championships

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Olympic high jump champion Andrei Silnov will miss next month’s world athletics championships in Berlin with an achilles injury.

The Russian, who took the high jump gold in Beijing with a 2.36-metres effort, said he would be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery three weeks ago.

“I’m in a plaster now so my season is over,” Silnov, 24, who also had the season’s best jump of 2.38 metres last year, told local media on Saturday.

Silnov’s withdrawal is the second major blow for Russia’s medal chances at the Aug. 15-23 championships after Olympic pole vault silver medallist Evgeny Lukyanenko pulled out because of illness earlier this week.

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