Sporting Digest: Athletics

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Colin Jackson, Steve Backley and Kelly Holmes have pulled out of tonight's IAAF Golden League meeting in Zurich. The Swiss venue traditionally attracts Britain's best but, with the World Championships in Seville imminent, Holmes completed a trio of withdrawals yesterday.

Sergei Bubka, the Ukrainian pole vaulter and the only track and field athlete to win six straight gold medals at the World Championships, will miss the event this year due to injury. The 35-year-old who set his world record of 6.14m in Italy in 1994, is still recovering from last year's surgery on his Achilles tendon.