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Knee injury prevents Henk Grol to participate at World Championships

24 Aug 2017 23:05

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After Noël van ’t End, also Henk Grol cancelled his participation to the World Championships due to an injury in his preparation. The 32-year year old double Olympic medallist sustained a knee injury a few weeks ago. Eventually the thoughts were positive about participation, but during a match simulation, the conclusion was that the knee was not sufficiently recovered.

Grol would make his comeback since his last match at the Olympic Games against Cyrille Maret.

Grol: “This is a huge disappointment for me. After the deception at the Olympic Games I felt ready to compete. I felt good and I was physically in top condition. Over the last months I refound the pleasure in judo and this would be the first tournament and I was eager make a result in Budapest. It’s a very tough decision, but it’s the way it is. The medial staff convinced me that participation can lead to the end of my judo career and I’m not ready yet.”

Henk Grol would be one of the most successful athletes at the Budapest. He won two Olympic Olympic bronze medals, in 2008 in Beijing and London 2012. Grol was three times finallist of the World Championships and won the European titles in 2008, in 2015 in 2016 in Kazan. 

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