Gillick opts out of World C’ships

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Updated: July 27, 2011

David Gillick has revealed that he will not take part in the World Championships in South Korea this August.

The Irish 400m champion has also revealed that he will work with his former coach Nick Dakin and will quit his training base in the United States to return to train at Loughborough University as well as in Ireland.

Speaking about the changes, Gillick, who has struggled with injury and loss of form this year and is hoping to get his bid for success at London 2012 back on track, said: “Obviously I am very disappointed to have to sit the season out. I have invested a lot of time and effort in attempting to make this a successful year, but unfortunately tearing my calf muscle and the subsequent problems
have put me way behind where I want to be.”
“I want to do everything in my power to achieve my full potential in biggest stage of all, the Olympic Games.”

Speaking about his decision to leave the US, he added: “Moving to America was a massive learning curve and it was an opportunity that I am glad that I pursued. The aim now however is to recovery and to return to 100% fitness.

“I will have a great team around me and with their support; I truly believe that I can perform at the highest level again on the world stage.”

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