On day one of the Games, the co-captain of the Australian athletics squad the news saying she was “gutted” when the ongoing injury flared up two days ago at training.
“I went into some hurdle drills and run throughs and just couldn’t do it. The thing with tendons is they spike very quickly … it’s tough the timing comes now, but my health comes first,” Pearson said.
Pearson has been battling the Achilles problem since late February, although she did run a leg of a 4x100m relay last week in Brisbane.
The 31-year-old said at the time the injury was impacting on her ability to hurdle, although she was able to do flat sprints.
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