Following an injury sustained at the World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds, Jonny Brownlee has withdrawn from representing Team England at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Brownlee was involved in a crash at the event in Leeds, with the racing in Birmingham coming too soon in his recovery process to allow him to compete.
Speaking on his withdrawal, Brownlee said: “I’m desperately disappointed. I was very positive after my original diagnosis about being fit for Birmingham.
“My elbow was getting better by the day, but my wrist wasn’t. The scan revealed I have a fractured scaphoid and for the benefit of my long-term health, it needs to go in a cast.”
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Team Leader for Triathlon and Paratriathlon for Team England, Jonathon Riall said:
“We all share in Jonny’s disappointment and I know how much Jonny was looking forward to competing in Birmingham, but unfortunately, despite the support and treatment he’s had, the injury he sustained in Leeds means this won’t be possible. We all wish him well with his continued recovery and to getting back on a start line later in the year.”
Brownlee’s replacement will be announced in due course.
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