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Once a week is good for me - Vlasic

Two-time world high jump champion Blanka Vlasic on Wednesday acknowledged it was "good to be back" on the track and field circuit after a longstanding injury that ruled her out of the London Olympics.

The Croat sat out 16 months of competition after a broken bone in her left ankle stuck in her Achilles tendon, with an infection following surgery.

But she made a triumphant comeback at last month's New York Diamond League meet, winning in 1.94m in freezing conditions and clearing each of her six jumps.

"It will take some time until I feel no pain at all," Vlasic stressed ahead of Thursday's Rome meet on the global athletics circuit.

"It's always a huge stress to jump and... it takes some time until the situation calms down.

"Usually, after three of four days it's okay and I'm ready to bother my achilles again!"

Concerns about performance did not rattle her, Vlasic insisted, notably after her last competition.

"I'm not worried. New York was a huge test for me. It was so cold, I said to myself 'If nothing breaks now, it's okay'.

"I'm confident that I can manage to jump every seven days."


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