Michellie Jones will miss the 2008 Ironman World Championships in Kona to recover from an injury she suffered while competing in the Ironman 70.3 Cancun. Jones withdrew from the September 21 race in Cancun due to a slight tear in her right calf.
In a a press release on her website Jones said, "One of things that I learned from my disastrous defense of my Ironman World Championship title last year in Kona is that the Hawaiian Ironman is not a place to be unless you are 100 percent. I am really looking forward to coming back to Kona in 2009 with a vengeance. I am extremely disappointed and would like to sincerely thank all my Sponsors and Friends for their support."
The release also stated that "once the injury is resolved, Michellie plans to race several more long course events to finish out the season."
In her Kona debut, Jones won the 2006 women's Ironman World Championship in 9:18:31.
Michellie Jones at the bike check-in. Kona, 2007. Photo: Luke Smith/Active.com