Shayna Jack’s World Swimming Championships have been brought to an abrupt end due to a hand injury.
After spending multiple years on the sidelines following a doping scandal, Jack made a triumphant return to the Australian team, winning a gold medal in the women’s 4×100 freestyle event.
However, Jack will now miss the remainder of the world championships after slipping and breaking his hand at the warm-up pool prior to his individual heats.
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Despite the injury, Jack remains hopeful of being able to compete at next month’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“I am broken-hearted to announce that I have to withdraw from the rest of the competition and that I won’t have the opportunity to achieve everything I wanted to,” Jack wrote on Instagram.
“However I am still so proud of what I’ve achieved, how far I’ve come and the amazing teammates I’ve been able to medal with.
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“As I always do I turn my focus to the future, and that is the Commonwealth Games. Starting this afternoon I’ll be back in the pool doing a kick-session.”
Prior to her injury, Jack was one of the gold medal favorites in the 100m freestyle. Jack’s teammate Mollie O’Callaghan competed in the heats and advanced to the semi-finals with the fastest time.
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