Lewis, the UK record-holder who finished fifth in last year’s Olympic final, did not even record a height, failing with his three attempts at 5.40 metres.
His performance will raise questions about why the British selectors did not take the in-form Luke Cutts to Moscow after he defeated Lewis at the UK Trials and cleared the ‘A’ qualifying standard of 5.70m at the London Anniversary Games two weeks ago.
The selectors only considered athletes who had achieved the qualifying standard by the time of the trials, even though Cutts qualified before the deadline set by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Britain suffered a further blow as Ashley Bryant failed to make it to the start of the decathlon after failing to recover from a training injury.
The 22-year-old, who had been due to make his senior international debut, said: “Unfortunately I got a grade-one hamstring tear last week. I knew I’d be up against it to recover but I thought I had a good chance because it was in good shape in the last few days, so I was hopeful.