Stuczynski unable to compete at World Outdoor Championships

08-11-2009

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BERLIN - 2008 Olympic women's pole vault silver medalist Jenn Stuczynski will not compete at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics due to an injury. The Championships will take place August 15-23 at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

The #2 women's pole vaulter of all time and a four-time USA Outdoor champion, Stuczynski has been battling a nagging injury of late that will keep her from competing at the World Championships.

"Despite my focused efforts for the last five weeks to get 100% healthy, I made the decision on Sunday that I just can't be ready in time to compete in Berlin," said Stuczynski. "The doctors who are treating me say that my Achilles injury is not serious, but it just has not improved enough for me to vault next weekend. I think I just ran out of time. I'm disappointed I won't get the opportunity to join Team USA in Germany."

Stuczynski will be replaced on the Team USA roster by 2004 Olympian and three-time previous U.S. World Outdoor Championships team member Jillian Schwartz.

A consistent performer that has been ranked in the top five in the U.S. each year since 2003, Schwartz's best performance at a previous World Outdoor Championships was in 2005 when she finished 11th in Helsinki, Finland. The fourth-place finisher at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships (4.45 meters/14 feet 7.25 inches), Schwartz's best clearance this season of 4.55m/14-11 came from her win July 12 in Donnas. Her career best clearance of 4.72m/15-5.75i was set in Jonesboro, Ark., on June 15, 2008.

For more information on Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, visit: www.usatf.org.