Commonwealth Games: Sally Pearson set to withdraw from Gold Coast 2018


Being one of the most decorated athletes from the country, Pearson was the last baton-bearer in the relay for Australia at the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

After breaking her wrist in 2015, disaster was to strike in 2016 when she missed the Rio Olympics with Achilles and hamstring problems.

Australia's world victor a hundred meters hurdler Sally Pearson has been made to draw out of her home Commonwealth Games because she struggles a serious Achilles injury which could sideline her to get around one year old.

Pearson, 31, suffered the injury in the lead up to the preparation of this year's Games.

'That's my decision and i'm obviously very disappointed but I'm very happy to be here to support the Australian athletics team and Australian team as well'.

"Gutted. Absolutely gutted", Pearson, a Gold Coast resident who had previously been the video games' chief ambassador for the years, told reporters on Thursday. Than previous year she somehow managed one of the greatest comebacks in athletics history to win the World Championships in London.

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Sally Pearson carries the Queen's Baton.

Pearson made the decision in the days before Wednesday's opening ceremony but only confirmed it on Thursday in order to take part without overshadowing the start of the Games.

Australian champion Sally Pearson's bid for a third straight Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles title is over, just as the Gold Coast Games begin.

"It will be an issue all the way through", she said. I had a big role to play.

Pearson has just spoken at a press conference alongside Australian Athletics head coach Craig Hilliard and athletics team doctor Paul Blackman.

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