Commonwealth Games: Australia's Sally Pearson withdraws from Gold Coast 2018

Sally Pearson announces her decision to withdraw from Gold Coast 2018. Courtesy: BBC

Sally Pearson, Australia’s face of the Commonwealth Games, has withdrawn from Gold Coast 2018 because of injury.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.

Announcing her withdrawal, Pearson said she was “gutted, absolutely gutted, tears flowing, almost like grief with a numbness phase and a crying phase”.

The Gold Coast native featured in the Games’ opening ceremony on Wednesday.