Daphne Schippers will not compete in the 100m at the European Athletics Championships in Munich later this month. She said on social media on Friday that the 30-year-old had a back injury.
“The timing could hardly have been worse,” wrote the former 200m world champion. “The European Championship is coming up and I’ve really focused on that.”
Schippers have already canceled the 100m race at Lignano Sabbiadoro last weekend. “In Italy there was a new back injury that I thought was over,” said the Dutch 100m champion. “Magnetic resonance imaging shows a fracture of the spine.”
The runner suffered a prolonged back injury, which forced her to withdraw from the 200m during the World Championships in Doha in 2019. She had previously been ruled out from last month’s World Athletics Championships in Eugene, USA. In her words, she didn’t have “what to look for there.”
“I’ve known for a while that the life of a great athlete is not always easy,” she continues. “I will encourage my fellow countrymen from home and do everything in my power to recover as quickly as possible.”
Munich will host a multi-European Championship from August 11-21. In addition to athletics, the program includes cycling (road, track, mountain bike, and BMX), beach volleyball, gymnastics, rowing, table tennis and triathlon. Athletics competitions are held at the Olympics.