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Morgan Lake star withdraws from Commonwealth Games

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17-year-old Lake has been in terrific form this year (©GettyImages)
17-year-old Lake has been in terrific form this year (©GettyImages).

English heptathlon star Morgan Lake has withdrawn from this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 17-year-old, who was due to compete in the multi-event competition alongside Katarina Johnson-Thompson, will instead compete in the World Junior Championships in Oregon, USA, later this month.

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Lake had been selected to compete for England after a very impressive start to the season. In Gotzis, Austria, last month she scored 6081 points to move to second on the all-time British list, behind Johnson-Thompson.

According to the Daily Mail, Lake decided to pull out because her father was unable to stay with her in the athlete's village. Eldon Lake is also Morgan's coach, but would only be allowed to get day passes to the village, as not parents or guardians are allowed to stay there. Team England provide chaperones for all competitors under the age of 18.

Medal chances

Despite a very realistic chance of a medal in Scotland, Lake has decided to focus on the World Juniors in America, though.

"Ultimately, it's right for me and my development to focus on the World Juniors," she was quoted as saying on BBC Sport.

"This has been an extremely difficult decision for me to take as I was honoured to be selected to Team England.

Still supporting

"I want to wish the rest of the team all the very best and I'll be cheering them all on."

Lake will be replaced in the team by Grace Clements - bronze-medalist from Delhi four years ago.

The Games begin on July 23.

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