German pole vaulter Malte Mohr out of European Athletics Championships

Berlin: German pole vaulter Malte Mohr, a two-time world indoor silver medallist, has pulled out of next week`s European Athletics Championships because of "technical problems", the German track and field federation announced Saturday.

Thomas Kurschilgen, the federation`s sporting director, said Mohr`s absence was a "huge loss".

It means Germany will be without their three top vaulters in the August 12-17 meet in Zurich following the absence for health reasons of world champion Raphael Holzdeppe and Olympic silver medallist Bjorn Otto.

German hopes will now lie with national champion Tobias Scherbarth and Karsten Dilla.

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