Nick Symmonds (Bishop Kelly High), a six-time United States champion and two-time Olympian in the 800 meters, decided after morning workouts Thursday to skip the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore.
He’s been battling a torn ligament and stress fracture in his left ankle.
“This ankle has taken me to 2 Olympic Games, but it will not take me to a 3rd. Forced to withdraw from Olympic Trials,’’ he announced on Twitter.
On his Instagram account, Symmonds wrote next to a picture of his left ankle: “This is my left ankle, it has been good to me. It has held up for thousands of miles, helped me win six national titles, taken me to two Olympic Games. However, this left ankle of mine currently has a torn ligament and a stress fracture, it will not allow me to compete in the 2016 Olympic Trials. I should say I feel devastated, but honestly I feel nothing but happiness and gratitude that my legs have held up as long as they did. Not saying I’ve retired or anything, but my 2016 season is now over. ...’’
The 800 is Friday (semifinals) and Monday (final) at Hayward Field. The top three qualify for the Rio Games.
Symmonds won a preliminary heat but didn’t qualify for the 800 final at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and finished fifth at the 2012 Games in London.
He co-founded Run Gum, an energy chewing gum for athletes, and plans to transfer to CEO of the Eugene-based company later this year, he told KTIK Radio on Wednesday.
He said on KTIK that he had a “10 percent’’ chance to compete this weekend.