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Wise Decision To Jump Proves Unlucky

Long jumper Jo Wise has seen her chances of Olympic glory fade, by a single agonising centimetre.

Nursing an injury to her shin, she came an unlucky 13th in the qualifying round, and missed out on a place in the final.

Wise, the Coventry Godiva Harrier who claimed a Commonwealth gold two years ago, managed to set a seasons best with a jump of 6.59m.

But it turned out to be just too little.

She told the UK Athletics website that she had only decided to compete three days before the competition:

I dont want to make excuses but I have had a lot of injury problems."

Wise, who now lives in Solihull, failed to make the Olympic qualifying distance in the AAA trials, but was allowed into the team because her season had been plagued by injury.

The 29-year-old said she was hoping to put the disappointment behind her and set herself a target for next year.

She said:

"Now I want to have a good winter. And I want to come back next year and win a medal at the Worlds to make up for all this.
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