Three-time Olympic hammer champion Anita Wlodarczyk has to end her season over injuries sustained when stopping a thief from stealing her car.
Wlodarzcyk, 36, said on Instagram late on Tuesday she damaged a thigh muscle in the recent incident which does not allow her to compete any more in the campaign featuring the world championships in Eugene, Oregon, and the European championships in Munich.
She underwent surgery on the left-leg injury on Monday.
"A lot of work awaits me in rehabilitation ... I will do everything to be back next year," said Wlodarczyk.
The veteran is wasting no thoughts on retirement and already eyeing the 2024 Olympics in Paris, having also returned from injury to become the first woman to win three Olympic athletics golds in a row in one discipline last year in Tokyo.
"I have great motivation to repeat it and in two years to stand on the podium in Paris again," Wlodarzcyk said.
Wlodarczyk has ruled the women's hammer throw over the past years as apart from the three Olympic golds she has four world and European titles each and bettered the world record six times to the current mark of 82.98 metres.