Commonwealth heptathlon champion Hazel unfazed by minor injury setback

COMMONWEALTH heptathlon champion Louise Hazel has been forced to pull out of this weekend’s meeting in Austria due to a minor shin injury.

Hazel, 25, from March, gave the performance of her life to win gold in Delhi last October but hasn’t completed a heptathlon since. However, the Birchfield Harrier admits missing the event in Gotzis will benefit her in the lead up to August’s World Athletics Championships in South Korea.

Hazel said: “I wanted to get out and compete as it’s been such a long indoor season and I haven’t done the heptathlon for a long time.

“I’m itching to get back into competition so it’s a bit frustrating. However, I’m always looking forward at the bigger picture and I want to be right for the world championships.

“I don’t take minor setbacks too seriously and I’m not panicking that I haven’t competed in a heptathlon since the Commonwealths as I had a big break before Delhi.”


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Hazel competed in Sunday’s Loughborough International and won the 100m hurdles in 13.38 seconds and threw 40.86 metres in the javelin. She said she hopes to compete at a series of Grand Prix meetings before returning to heptathlon competition in July.

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