Nicola Olyslagers has pulled out of Saturday’s Commonwealth girls’s high jump final with a torn calf muscle.
It ends the prospect of an exhilarating head-to-head battle with fellow Australian Eleanor Patterson.
The Tokyo Olympics silver medallist solely wanted one jump in Thursday’s qualifying spherical to e-book her spot within the final.
Afterwards, Olyslagers was recognized with the inury to her proper calf muscle.
“It’s both disappointing and devastating not to be able to compete in the women’s high jump final,” the 25-year-old Olyslagers stated in a press release.
“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.”
Newly minted world champion Patterson will now be the unbackable favorite to win a second Commonwealth title, having beforehand claimed gold as an adolescent on the 2014 Glasgow Video games.
The final is at 1017 native time (1917 AEST) on Saturday.