Athletics: Edwards fit to defend his title in Athens

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The Independent Online
Jonathan Edwards has brushed aside doubts about his fitness for the World Championships in Athens next month, when he defends his triple jump title.

The world record-holder declared that he had recovered from the heel injury which during July forced him to miss two international meetings and the British trials nine days ago.

Although the selectors chose him without any demands to prove his fitness when announcing the team last Tuesday, there was still concern that Edwards' injury was far more serious than he claimed.

However, Edwards, who will definitely compete in Budapest on Saturday, said: "The injury is not causing me any major problem. My training has been going very well, but as a precautionary measure I missed a couple of meetings. I am sure Saturday will see me back at my best."

The meeting in the Hungarian capital is organised by Edwards' manager, Andy Norman, and is the last leading competition before the World Championships on 1 August.