After nine days of competition, the last men standing on Channel 4’s The Jump are all nursing various aches and bruises but Sir Steve Redgrave has suffered one fall too many, ruling him out of tonight’s grand final.
Redgrave’s withdrawal comes after a further tumble during a practice run earlier today left him in agony, leading to the decision to opt out of the main event this evening. The injury comes after the retired rower was left with bruising and a fracture after an accident last week resulted in him missing one of the live shows.
The British Olympic rower’s withdrawal is the latest in a string of casualties throughout the winter sports contest which has caused headaches for show bosses as the injury rate has caused their line-up to shrink faster than expected.
Another of tonight’s finalists, Marcus Brigstocke, has hurt his knee ahead of tonight’s final, with medics reportedly strapping his leg up in a splint. The comedian will race against remaining competitors – Joe McElderry and Donal MacIntyre, both stand-ins for injury-hit contestants – in tonight’s final, starting at 9pm on Channel 4.