The Spanish athlete María Vicente announced this Friday that she will not be able to participate in the Indoor Athletics World Championship that Belgrade will host from March 19 to 20, after confirming that she has a more important injury than she thought suffered on Wednesday in Madrid.

“What seemed like a small scare has ended up becoming a nightmare. Last Wednesday I participated in the final of the length of the World Indoor Tour in Madrid and as many of you could see I left the track limping after noticing a strong pain in the quadriceps”, the Catalan wrote on her social networks.

The Spanish champion and pentathlon record holder regretted that the scare turned into an injury. “Now that I am aware of the seriousness of this pain and what it entails, I have no choice but to say goodbye to the World Cup in Belgrade and begin to recover for the outdoor season,” she added.

The loss of Vicente, one of the greatest talents in continuous growth that Spanish athletics has, means that the delegation from Spain to Belgrade remains at 24 athletes. The Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) had announced the list this Friday.

The 20-year-old Catalan will not be able to fight with the best after working her ticket to the World Cup, with the final step being her record-breaking title at the Spanish Championship held in Ourense last week. This Wednesday, Vicente returned to compete in Gallur, at the closing of the international circuit, in a long jump test in which she noticed discomfort in her second jump.

After speaking with her coach, Ramón Cid, in the stands, the Catalan decided to withdraw thinking about a World Cup that she will not be able to compete in the end. “Injuries always hurt and unfortunately they are always the worst of times, but as you know, I’m not going to give up that easily,” she added in her message.