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Hamblin out of London Games

Commonwealth Games double silver medallist Nikki Hamblin will not be competing at the London Olympic Games.

Nikki Hamblin

Nikki Hamblin

Hamblin has been nursing a troublesome Achilles tendon for some time and withdrew from a race in Shanghai recently when it flared up again. She has consulted specialists in Michigan, USA and an MRI scan this week confirmed a small tear in the tendon.

Hamblin is very disappointed in having to make the decision to withdraw from contention for London. She bettered the selection standard for the 1500 metres twice last year and won the New Zealand title in March. Her training was going well and she was confident she would be able to satisfy the selectors that her fitness was up to standard for nomination and selection in the team.

She will now take a break and consider the options for treatment and rehabilitation with an eye on the World Championships in Moscow next year and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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