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Buckfield in the clear after fall.

British pole vaulter Nick Buckfield has been given a clean bill of health after his crashing fall in the European Championships in Budapest yesterday.

The 25-year-old escaped with heavy bruising to his right hip after falling to the ground at the Nep Stadium and being carried away on a stretcher.

Buckfield was taken to hospital for a precautionary X-ray scan, but there was no damage to his back which could have also put him out of next month's World Cup in South Africa.

The Crawley athlete had comfortably cleared his opening height of 4.30metres only to see his bid to follow up last year's fifth place in the World Championships ended by his fall when attempting 4.45m.
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