Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been forced to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games through injury.
The 21-year-old would have been the favourite to take gold heading into Glasgow 2014, but has been advised to miss the event after suffering a stress reaction in her foot.
"I’m absolutely devastated that I’m not going to be able to compete at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow," she was quoted as saying on Athletics Weekly.
"“I was so looking forward to competing in another home games and this time as one of the favourites."
The Liverpudlian had earned that tag after an excellent start to the season which included winning a silver medal in the long jump at the World Indoor Championships in Poland, as well as a new personal best in winning the prestigious heptathlon meet in Gotzis, Austria.
Not to be
"My season so far with a world indoor medal in the long jump, winning at Gotzis and becoming world number one in heptathlon had really given me the confidence going in to the Games that I could post a big score and hopefully come away with that gold medal – but sadly it’s just not meant to be," she added.
Her score of 6682 points in June moved her to third in the all-time UK list for the multi-event, behind only Olympic champions Denise Lewis and the person she is constantly compared to - Jess Ennis-Hill.
Despite the fact the injury is not considered serious at the moment, the athlete has been advised she risks long-term damage if she competes too soon. She has not ruled out competing at the European Championships in August, though.
Risk long-term damage
"All the advice is telling me that I risk long term damage if I compete in a heptathlon in just over a week’s time and I have to take that advice for the sake of my career," she concluded.
"I really hope to be able to compete in the long jump at the European Championships next month but it doesn’t take away how gutted I am that I won’t be at the Commonwealths."
The news comes after teenage star Morgan Lake also withdrew from the event. Lake, 17-year-old instead chose to focus on the World Junior Championships in Eugene, USA.
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