Jared Tallent won’t contest the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast due to injury.
Tallent is battling a hamstring issue, which will see him left out of the Australian team that will contest the Games during April.
Tallent is a two-time Commonwealth Games medallist. He won gold in the 20km walk in Melbourne during 2006 and gold in the same event at Delhi in 2010.
The walk was not held at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Tallent told The Courier he did not have a qualifying standard time and would need to race at this weekend’s Oceania and Australian 20km Race Walking Championships, in Adelaide, to book his place in the team.
However, an ongoing issue with his left hamstring means he will not be able to compete in the selection event.
“It would have been good to try and win again, but unfortunately it’s just the way it is,” he said.
Tallent said he had received numerous cortisone injections into the hamstring, but he was still getting pain in the tendon.
His wife Claire and sister Rachel will try to book their tickets to the Gold Coast with competition this weekend.
Claire claimed a silver medal in the 20km walk at Delhi in 2010.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held between April 4-15.