Berlin 09 Diary: Day 5: Brad Walker Withdraws from Pole Vault, Note by Larry Eder, Release by USATF



Brad Walker, US championships, June 2009, photo by

Brad Walker, defending world champion in the pole vault has withdrawn from the competition due to injury. Here is the statement we received from USATF:

Defending world champion Brad Walker on Thursday morning withdrew from men's pole vault competition due to injuries sustained July 28 at the Herculis meet in Monaco. While competing in Monaco, Walker landed partly off the mat on one of his attempts, causing his hips to hit the ground. The result was trauma to his public symphis joint. According to Walker's agent, Peter Stubbs, "Every time he runs, it causes movement of the joint and extreme pain. To avoid a potentially career-ending injury, Brad has made the very difficult decision to withdraw."

We wish him a quick recovery.

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