Clay to miss Comm Games with broken foot

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Australia's top-ranked 100m hurdler Liz Clay has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Commonwealth Games after breaking her foot at the world championships.

Clay suffered the injury when she smashed into the seventh hurdle and crashed to the track in her opening-round heat in Eugene on Saturday.

An X-ray confirmed the 27-year-old had fractured her left foot in two places, ruling her out of action for several months.

It is a devastating blow for Clay, who sits third on the Australian all-time list in the 100m hurdles, behind the great Sally Pearson and Michelle Jenneke, who clocked a personal best of 12.66 seconds in the semi-finals on Sunday.

The 100m hurdles shapes as the best event on the track and field program in Birmingham after Nigerian Tobi Amusan smashed the world record with a run of 12.12 in the world championships semis.

Clay set her PB of 12.71 in the Tokyo Olympics semi-finals last year and only missed out on a spot in the final by four hundredths of a second.

Jenneke and Celeste Mucci are the other two Australians entered in the 100m hurdles for the Birmingham Games, although there is also a possibility a like-for-like replacement could be found for Clay.

Sprinter Riley Day has also made the decision to pull out of the Games after battling a knee complaint for much of the year.

Day, 22, has not raced since March.

She had been due to run the 200m and 4x100m relay in Birmingham.

In Day's absence, Ella Connolly and Jacinta Beecher will contest the women's half-lap race.

Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Ash Moloney is also unlikely to compete in England after pulling out of the world championships decathlon with three events to go.

Moloney has battled patellar tendinitis in both knees for much of the year and it became too much to bear on Sunday.

But the 22-year-old was still holding out hope he could recover in time to compete in Birmingham, with the Commonwealth decathlon starting on August 4.

"I don't draw a line in the sand until I'm there," he said.

"I'll let it play out and well see what happens."

Middle-distance star Jessica Hull was due to come out of isolation on Sunday, having tested positive to COVID the day after she finished seventh in the 1500m final in Eugene.

After isolating for five days at her home in nearby Portland, the 25-year-old Hull will have to undergo PCR tests 72 hours before entering the athletes village and again on arrival in Birmingham.

If she recovers in time, the multiple national record holder is a 1500m gold-medal contender, although Scotland's Laura Muir is the clear title favourite, having won bronze at the world championships.

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