Johnson-Thompson out of Euros

  • Last Updated: August 6 2014, 17:33 BST

Katarina Johnson-Thompson has withdrawn from the Great Britain team for the European Championships in Zurich.

Johnson-Thompson: Won't be competing at the European Championships
Johnson-Thompson: Won't be competing at the European Championships

The 21-year-old heptathlete, who had been due to compete in the long jump in Switzerland, has still not recovered sufficiently from the foot injury which ruled her out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

British Athletics said in a statement that "taking the longer-term view rather than short-term risk" would ensure her winter training programme was not compromised.

However, missing both of this season's major championships is still a major blow for the Liverpool athlete, who had been enjoying a superb season. She would have been favourite for heptathlon gold in Glasgow and a very strong medal contender in Zurich next week.

Shara Proctor, who pulled out of the Commonwealth long jump final after picking up a thigh injury, has also pulled out of the Europeans.

Phillips Idowu has withdrawn after finishing a disappointing fifth at the Commonwealths to focus on training and rediscovering his best form, while Sebastian Rodger has replaced Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles after the former world champion failed to achieve the qualifying standard for Zurich.

Mo Farah, who pulled out of the Commonwealths following illness, is still due to compete over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, though.

Javelin thrower Goldie Sayers has been named as the British team captain for the event, having fought her way back to fitness from a career-threatening elbow injury.

"Having had a fairly nightmarish past 18 months - and not knowing whether I'd ever throw or compete again - getting back into the GB vest alone has been incredible. To say captaincy is an added bonus, is a massive understatement," the 32-year-old said.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "I was delighted to offer Goldie this captaincy. She has a career that has spanned both junior and senior ranks that sets a real example to the youngsters making that transition."

The European Championships get under way on Tuesday.

GB & NI team for the European Championships, Zurich, August 12-17

MEN
100m: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey; Dwain Chambers; James Dasaolu
200m: James Ellington; Adam Gemili; Daniel Talbot
400m: Matthew Hudson-Smith; Martyn Rooney; Conrad Williams
800m: Andrew Osagie; Michael Rimmer
1500m: Charlie Grice; Chris O'Hare
5,000m: Mo Farah; Tom Farrell; Andy Vernon
10,000m: Mo Farah; Chris Thompson; Andy Vernon
3,000mSC: James Wilkinson
110mH: William Sharman; Lawrence Clarke; Andy Turner
400mH: Niall Flannery; Tom Burton; Seb Rodger
High Jump: Chris Baker
Long Jump: JJ Jegede; Greg Rutherford; Chris Tomlinson
Triple Jump: Julian Reid
Pole Vault: Steve Lewis; Luke Cutts; Jax Thoirs
Decathlon: Ashley Bryant
20k Walk: Tom Bosworth
4 x 100m: Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Dwain Chambers, James Dasaolu, James Ellington, Daniel Talbot, Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty, Chinjindu Ujah
4 x 400m: Michael Bingham, Matthew Hudson-Smith, Nigel Levine, Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams, Rabah Yousif

WOMEN

100m: Asha Philip, Ashleigh Nelson, Desiree Henry
200m: Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams, Jodie Williams
400m: Christine Ohuruogu
800m: Jessica Judd, Alison Leonard, Lynsey Sharp
1500m: Hannah England, Laura Muir, Laura Weightman
5,000m: Julia Bleasdale, Emelia Gorecka, Jo Pavey
10,000m: Jo Pavey, Beth Potter, Julia Bleasdale
100mH: Tiffany Porter
400mH: Eilidh Child
High Jump: Morgan Lake
Hammer Throw: Sophie Hitchon
Javelin: Goldie Sayers
4 x 100m: Louise Bloor, Desiree Henry, Ashleigh Nelson, Anyika Onuora, Sophie Papps, Asha Philip, Bianca Williams, Jodie Williams
4 x 400m: Margaret Adeoye, Eilidh Child, Shana Cox, Kelly Massey, Emily Diamond, Christine Ohuruogu, Victoria Ohuruogu, Jodie Williams