JO Pavey has withdrawn from the World Championships next month because of a foot injury.
The 37-year-old had been due to compete in the marathon in Daegu, South Korea, but a minor foot problem has forced her to pull out as a precaution.
The Devon athlete stepped up to the marathon from the track this season and finished 19th in an impressive debut run over the distance at the Virgin London Marathon in April.
Louise Damen has also withdrawn from the women’s marathon team and will receive treatment on a sports hernia this summer in a bid to be fully fit for the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.
With world record holder Paula Radcliffe not due to run at the World Championships which start on August 27 – she will compete at the Berlin Marathon on September 25 instead – the British team will be made up of Sunderland’s Alyson Dixon (right) Mara Yamauchi, and Susan Partridge.
This latest injury is yet another setback for Pavey, whose comeback following the birth of her son Jacob was curtailed by a stress fracture to her foot which ruled her out of last summer’s European Championships and October’s Commonwealth Games, on the back of which she she lost her lottery funding for this season.
But since returning to fitness, Pavey, the 2006 Commonwealth 5000 metres silver medalist, has adjusted quickly to the marathon.
Her time in London of two hours 28 minutes 24 seconds was comfortably inside the qualifying standard for both Daegu and next year’s London Olympics.
Pavey also beat Radcliffe in the three-time London Marathon winner’s comeback race in May, winning the Bupa London 10,000, a 10km road race.