Clay likely to miss Commonwealth Games

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Australia's No.1-ranked 100m hurdler Liz Clay looks likely to suffer Commonwealth Games heartbreak after injuring her foot at the world championships.

Clay had to be helped from Hayward Field by medical staff after crashing heavily into the seventh hurdle and falling to the track in her opening-round heat in Eugene.

The 27-year-old was scheduled to have an X-ray on her left foot on Saturday night (Sunday AEST).

With the opening round of the 100m hurdles at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games just 13 days away, Clay faces a desperate race against time to prove her fitness, even if she is cleared of any fracture.

The Queenslander is ranked second on the Australian all-time list for the 100m hurdles, behind only 2012 Olympic gold medallist and two-time world champ Sally Pearson.

She just missed out on the final at last year's Tokyo Olympics, despite running a PB of 12.71 seconds in the semi-final.

Compatriots Michelle Jenneke and Celeste Mucci enjoyed better fortune in Saturday's opening round in Oregon.

Jenneke clocked 12.84 seconds - just two hundredths of a second outside her PB - and Mucci ran 13.01, as the pair both advanced to the semis on Sunday.

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