Olyslagers to miss Birmingham High Jump final due to injury


The Gold Coast 2018 bronze and Tokyo Olympic silver medallist has had to withdraw from tomorrow’s women’s high jump final due to injury.


Olympic silver medallist Nicola Olyslagers (nee McDermott) has withdrawn from the Women’s High Jump final at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Olyslagers sustained a tear in her calf in yesterday’s qualification round and has made a decision to bow out of the final after seeking medical advice.

“It’s both disappointing and devastating not to be able to compete in the Women’s High Jump final tomorrow morning,” Olyslagers said.

“What was thought to be a tight calf after my qualifying round turned out to be a torn muscle in my jumping leg.

“Of all the emotions and shock I could feel in the moment, I still have peace. Winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games four years ago allowed my professional career as a high jumper to begin, it was a competition that changed the trajectory of my life.

“My prayer is that someone else’s dream comes alive tomorrow as I cheer them on from the sidelines. Let’s go cheer Eleanor on as she jumps for Australia so well out there.”

Australia will still have one more athlete compete in the Women’s High Jump final in recent world champion and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Eleanor Patterson.



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