Commonwealth Games: Wales' Helen Jenkins out of triathlon
Last Updated: 21/07/14 3:19pm
Wales' Commonwealth Games medal hopes have suffered a major blow with the news that former triathlon world champion Helen Jenkins has been ruled out of the event with a foot injury.
The 30-year-old follows team-mate and fellow medal contender Non Stanford, the reigning world champion, in being forced to withdraw from Team Wales.
Stanford withdrew in June after suffering a stress fracture in her ankle but Jenkins had been in good form in recent weeks, moving up to second in the world rankings after podium finishes in Cape Town, Chicago and Auckland.
Jenkins pulled out of last Saturday's race in Hamburg during the run because of a foot problem which was described at the time as precautionary but now looks likely to end her season.
"I'm obviously devastated. I was very proud to be selected to represent Wales and was looking forward to racing on a tough, honest triathlon course in Strathclyde," said Jenkins.
"I will get more information from the specialist this week but with a grade two tear it's almost certain that I won't be racing again this season.
"I particularly want to thank my support team who have worked so hard to get me back racing after such a difficult 18 months after the Olympics."
Jenkins, world champion in 2008 and 2011, also had her Olympic dreams ruined in 2012 by a knee injury although she still competed and finished a battling fifth.
Team Wales chef de mission Brian Davies added: "It's undoubtedly a huge blow to the team and she'll be sorely missed but first and foremost our thoughts are with Helen.
"We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in action again in the near future."