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Kallur expecting, skips 2013 season

Swedish 100-metre hurdler Susanna Kallur on Thursday disclosed she was expecting a baby, but still aimed for a comeback even though a stress fracture forced her to skip the 2013 season.

"It is a good way to heal my body," Kallur told broadcaster SVT.

Kallur, 31, said the baby was due at the end of June and that she aimed for a comeback in 2014.

The athlete said her rehab training was progressing, but she decided to skip the 2013 season as there was no likelihood she could be fit until earliest September.

She would instead aim for a comeback at the 2014 indoor season and

had her sights also on competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"I will focus on being a mother and then a comeback," Kallur said, adding that fellow athletes said who had become mothers during their active careers said it was "just positive" and they "became stronger".

Events she will miss out on in the 2013 season include the European indoor chamipionships in March in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the world championships in August in Moscow.

The stress fracture in a shin has prevented her from competing in recent years, and she underwent an operation in August 2012.

She won the 2006 European title in Gothenburg and was fourth at the 2007 worlds in Osaka, Japan.


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