PRAGUE—Zuzana Hejnova, a two-time world champion within the 400-meter hurdles, received’t compete within the Tokyo Olympics as a result of an Achilles tendon damage, she mentioned Thursday.
Hejnova’s again and Achilles issues prevented her from competing this season and he or she received’t totally recuperate for the Tokyo Video games, which open in eight days.
The 34-year-old Czech Republic athlete mentioned she “may barely stroll not to mention to coach correctly” in latest weeks.
“I really feel significantly better now however to signify your nation on the Olympics, you have to be in prime kind,” Hejnova mentioned.
Hejnova had deliberate to retire after the Tokyo Video games, initially scheduled for 2020, however she nonetheless had hoped to compete regardless of the one-year postponement due to coronavirus pandemic.
She mentioned Thursday she now plans to retire.
Hejnova received gold on the world championships in 2013 and 2015. She additionally took bronze on the 2012 London Olympics and completed fourth on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games.