After being proclaimed the 2012 Olympic champion in the 100-meter hurdle in London, Sally Pearson says she will not be able to represent Australia in this year’s games.
On Monday, Pearson tore her hamstring while training. The Olympic champion says competing in Rio could only aggravate and worsen the injury, possibly ending her career.
“Unfortunately it is the biggest sporting event in the world that I am going to be missing out on and I can’t be a part of. It’s upsetting,” Perason told Australia’s Nine Network.
Pearson had just returned to competition this year after recovering from a “bone explosion” in her wrist during a competition in June of last year while in Rome.
“My body finally was starting to feel normal again, it was starting to feel the speed, the strength—it was all coming together,” said Pearson. Brutal.
With Pearson out, Team Australia will be represented by 2010 Youth Olympics silver medalist Michelle Jenneke who mostly recently claimed the top title in the Australian National Championship in the 100-meter hurdle this past April.