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Athletics: Amy Foster turns down the Worlds for Glasgow

TOP sprinter Amy Foster of Lisburn AC has announced that she will not be competing in next week's World Indoors Championships in Sopot, Poland.

Twelve days ago the 25-year-old Newtownards ace set the Athlone Indoors Arena alight with a scintillating victory in the Irish Championships, crossing the line in a personal best for the 100m of 11.32 seconds which is a qualifying mark for the Worlds.

"Regrettably I'm unable to take my place on the team to Poland," said Foster.

"Qualifying for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games ends in June so I need to be in peak condition for outdoor racing in mid April. I have the European Indoors in Prague as a major goal for 2015.

"I wish my team mates every success in Poland ."

Foster's priority is the Commonwealths in the summer and she will need to be on top form to reach the qualifying mark of 11.45 which is .04 seconds faster than her outdoor PB.

Depending on results, Foster may also compete in the European Championships in Zurich shortly after the Games.

Foster feels that to reach the Glasgow standard by the June deadline she needs to terminate her indoors season now and start preparations for the summer.

Foster is planning a four to five week spell in the US in April where she will compete in three high level meetings.

Meanwhile, the Irish team for the World Indoors, from March 7 to 9, will include three 800m runners. Mark English (20), from Letterkenny, Roseanne Galligan of Newbridge AC and UCD's Ciara Everard will all compete.

The 1,500m will be contested by West Waterford's David McCarthy and Clare Tarplee of UCD.

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