Australian hurdles champion Sally Pearson withdraws from Rio Olympics Games due to injury - reports

The Olympic 100 metre hurdles champion in London four years ago and silver medallist in Beijing in 2008 is believed to have suffered a hamstring injury

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 June, 2016, 1:24pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 June, 2016, 3:25pm

Hurdles gold medalist Sally Pearson has reportedly withdrawn from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro because of a hamstring injury.

The Herald Sun newspaper and other Australian media reported on Wednesday that Pearson, the Olympic 100 metre hurdles champion in London four years ago and silver medallist in Beijing in 2008, injured her hamstring while training on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Pearson only returned to competition earlier this month following a year’s absence after breaking her wrist in a racing accident.

She returned to Australia to work on her speed after three races in Europe.

Calls and emails to Athletics Australia and to Pearson’s agent were not immediately returned.