FORMIA (ITA): British triple jumper Nathan Douglas (28) will be out of action until next year after sustaining two ligament ruptures during a training session in Italy. Informs Athletics Weekly and the athlete on his facebook. Douglas, the European silver medallist outdoors in 2006 and indoors in 2007, had been hoping to make a strong return to form in 2011 after battling several niggling injuries in recent years, and was due to open his outdoor campaign in Bydgoszcz. The Birmingham-based athlete had been doing a plyometrics session at the warm-weather training camp, which involved hopping on wooden boxes. But the box gave way and Douglas’s foot went straight through, resulting in two ligament ruptures. “Trust me, I will be doing everything within my power to get fit and healthy as quickly and efficiently as possible while aiming to compete in the 2012 indoor season,” he added. His best is 17.64 from 2005.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): The 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will have more television exposure than ever before with the help of a partnership with Universal Sports. Two 90-minute broadcasts will air on Universal Sports on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the previously scheduled shows on ESPN 2 and NBC. With the multi-platform approach, the championships will boast seven hours of television coverage. Universal Sports Television Network is available to more than 63 million U.S. homes in 51 markets reports USATF.
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