Helen Jenkins has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games due to an injury she sustained to her Plantar Fascia at WTS Hamburg last weekend. With just over a week to go until the race takes place, the Welsh star does not think her injury will heal in time.
“I’m obviously devastated,” said Jenkins. “I was very proud to be selected to represent Wales and was looking forward to racing on a tough, honest triathlon course in Strathclyde. I will get more information from the specialist this week but with a grade two tear of my Plantar Fascia, it’s almost certain that I won’t be racing again this season.”
Following 18 months of rehab on a knee injury, Jenkins made a strong comeback to ITU racing this year with two silver medals and a bronze already and currently sits in third place in the series behind Jodie Stimpson and Gwen Jorgensen.
This is another setback for the Welsh team, which recently lost the reigning ITU world champion Non Stanford to injury. Stanford has been replaced on the Welsh team by Carol Bridge, who won the Outlaw Half last year and joins existing team member Holly Lawrence.
The individual triathlon races at this year’s Commonwealth Games will be held on July 24 and the mixed relay race will be held on July 26.