Sally Pearson, Australia’s face of the Commonwealth Games, has withdrawn from Gold Coast 2018 because of injury.
The 31-year-old 100m hurdler, regarded as one of the hosts’ gold-medal prospects, had been struggling with an Achilles injury which has prevented her from jumping over hurdles in training.
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist announced her decision at a news conference at 04:00 BST.
The Gold Coast native featured in the Games’ opening ceremony on Wednesday.
More to follow.