Would this have been his final shot at winning a World Championships? If that's the case, then it's especially unfortunate.
he's one of the French legends - won twice the World Champs and in Beijing and London the Olympics. So it's not about winning them again (though he wouldn't have had anything against it
), but I think it would have been his final shot at a big tournament at all, He's turning 35 in next March, so he's not the youngest anymore.