Commonwealth Games: Kiwi Zane Robertson pulls out of Gold Coast Games with groin injury

  • 05/04/2018
The Glasgow 5000m bronze medallist has failed to recover from a groin injury.
The Glasgow 5000m bronze medallist has failed to recover from a groin injury. Photo credit: Photosport

Glasgow 5000m bronze medallist Zane Robertson has pulled out of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a groin injury.  

The Kenya-based 28-year-old had been selected for both the 10,000m, in which he holds the New Zealand record, and the marathon. He would have raced in one of the events.   

The groin injury, picked up earlier in the year, meant he missed several weeks of training and then could not put in the track sessions needed, Athletics NZ high performance director Scott Goodman said on Thursday, the opening day of the Games.               

"Zane had hoped he could make up the lost time and come into the village with the confidence to race hard and put him in the frame for a good performance," Goodman said.      

"He really wanted to run on the Gold Coast and put up a performance he could be proud of, but he has not been able to put in the solid track sessions he needs.               

"Zane has very high standards and he didn't want to come and put in a below-par race or be forced to withdraw during the race."   

Robertson will remain training in Kenya.               

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