The NZRun.com website is reporting that Adrian Blincoe has come up injured in his final preparatory track workout in Daegu, South Korea and will be forced to withdraw from the 5000 meters competition:
Adrian Blincoe, the New Zealand 5000m record holder, is expected to announce his withdrawal tomorrow from the 5000m at the World Championships in Daegu.
NZRun understands that Blincoe suffered a calf strain on Saturday during his final track session prior to the 5000m heats on Thursday.
Blincoe's preparation is reportedly the best he has ever had and he is said to be disappointed not to be able to represent New Zealand at this pinnacle event. Only two weeks ago, in his last race before the Championships, Blincoe finished fourth in the Falmouth Mile in 3:55.
Jake Robertson will now be the only Kiwi athlete lining up in the 5000m heats following a personal best of 13:22 set in the Netherlands in May.