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Will illness sideline WNY Olympian?

Qualifier set for Tuesday, final on Wednesday
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Posted at 11:03 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 11:11:25-04

Jenn Suhr's voice is gone.

But defending Olympic pole vault champion Suhr hopes to be well enough to compete in Olympic qualifying Tuesday.

"It's looking rough right now," her coach/husband Rick Suhr said. "Pretty sick right now."

He added that "we have to jump" Tuesday. The final is Wednesday.

Already missing from the field is Yelena Isinbayeva, the world-record holder who's among the 67 Russian track and field athletes not allowed to compete after an investigation revealed a culture of widespread, state-sponsored doping within the country's program.

Suhr, of Riga, N.Y., recently said she'd like to see her biggest rival in the field at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Suhr won a silver medal for the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and a gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.