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Pole vault star latest Olympic champion to withdraw from worlds

Athletics - Olympics: Day 10

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil reacts while competing in the Men’s Pole Vault final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

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Thiago Braz, the lone Brazilian to win track and field gold at the Rio Olympics, will reportedly not pole vault at the world championships in London next month.

Braz, 23, is out of worlds due to poor form, a calf injury and back pain and will not compete again this year, according to Brazilian media.

The shock Rio gold medalist struggled in his follow-up season, ranking outside the top 40 outdoors this year with a top clearance of 5.60 meters.

Braz cleared an Olympic record 6.03 meters to upset world-record holder Renaud Lavillenie in Rio. He also cleared 5.86 meters this past winter indoor season.

Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks is the only man to clear six meters this season, going undefeated in 10 competitions, according to Tilastopaja.org. The lone American man to win a world pole vault title was Brad Walker in 2007.

Other stars who will miss worlds include Rio gold medalists Eliud Kipchoge (marathon) and Brianna Rollins (100m hurdles) and London Olympic champions Taoufik Makhloufi (1500m) and Greg Rutherford (long jump).

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