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KJT and Dina Asher-Smith to miss Birmingham Grand Prix

Katrina Johnson-Thompson competing at Tampere in 2015. Photo: Philipp Phole via Flickr

Katrina Johnson-Thompson competing at Tampere in 2015. Photo: Philipp Phole via Flickr

Katrina Johnson-Thompson has withdrawn from Saturday's Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix with a minor hamstring strain.

The 24-year-old finished second in the long jump at the British indoor team trials on Sunday, to qualify for March's European Indoor Championships with a jump of six metres 69 centremetres. 

It was her first competition since finishing sixth in the heptathlon at the Rio Olympics.

Thompson, the reigning European Indoor Pentathlon Champion is expected to be fit in time for the European Indoor Championships held in Belgrade March 3 to March 5. 

"I'm truly gutted to not be able to compete," said Johnson-Thompson. 

"After a solid opening to my season last weekend, I was confident in producing an even better performance here so I am really disappointed that I won't have that chance."

Dina Asher-Smith has also pulled out of the Birmingham Grand Prix at the last second after breaking her foot in her last training session before the competition. 

The sprinter said she was "gutted to miss out". Asher Smith will hope to recover in time before the 2017 World Athletic Championships held this summer in London. 

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