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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 August 2007, 09:59 GMT 10:59 UK
Barber injury boosts British hope
Eunice Barber
Barber won the world heptathlon title in 1999
Former world champion Eunice Barber has pulled out of the heptathlon at this week's World Championships in Japan because of a right leg injury.

The Frenchwoman, 32, was a serious medal contender and her withdrawal raises the medal hopes of British duo Kelly Sotherton and Jessica Ennis.

Barber, who won heptathlon silver behind Carolina Kluft in 2005, still intends to contest the long jump.

Morocco's Jaouad Gharib will not defend his marathon title because of injury.

The 35-year-old, who won back-to-back world titles in Paris and Helsinki, has been struggling with an injury since finishing fourth in this year's London Marathon.

The men's marathon is the opening event of the championships in Osaka on Saturday, when Sotherton and Ennis also begin their heptathlon campaigns.

SEE ALSO
Sotherton hopeful on javelin jinx
20 Aug 07 |  Athletics
Kluft powers to heptathlon gold
08 Aug 06 |  Athletics
Injured Barber out of heptathlon
07 Aug 06 |  Athletics
Barber out of heptathlon
16 Aug 04 |  Athletics
Sotherton slips up as Kluft wins
07 Aug 05 |  Athletics


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