Injury rules Annabel out of Youth Olympics

Annabel Dimmock Bob MacIntyre

England’s Annabel Dimmock has had to pull out of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, because of a back injury. 

Although the 17-year-old Curtis Cup player is unable to compete she will be on hand to support her golfing teammate, Scotland’s Bob MacIntyre. He tees off tomorrow in the first round of the men's individual event.

Team GB Chef de Mission Sarah Winckless said: "It is always when a disappointment when an athlete cannot perform because of an injury. Annabel continues to be an important member of this Youth Olympic Games team, and I want to wish her a speedy recovery back onto the golf course."

Golf is returning to Olympic competition for the first time in over 100 years and will be represented at the Rio Games in 2016.

Annabel, 17, from Wentworth, is ranked in the world’s top 25 women amateurs and represented GB&I in this summer’s Curtis Cup match. Earlier this season she won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play title.

Bob MacIntyre, also 17, was twice a national champion in 2013, winning the Scottish Youths and the Scottish Boys’ Stroke Play. The Oban left-hander was then part of GB&I’s victorious Jacques Leglise team, before continuing his form this year with victory in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

Caption: Annabel Dimmock and Bob MacIntyre in practice in Nanjing.