TRACK & FIELD: Sunshine Coast pole vaulter Alana Boyd has suffered an injury in the lead-up to the Olympics.
The 32-year-old withdrew from the Monaco Diamond League meet after sustaining an ankle problem during the warm-up.
A two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Boyd also had an ankle injury in March, when she rolled it during the warm-up of the world indoor championships.
She returned to competition last month and found top form a fortnight ago, breaking her own national record by 4cm with an effort of 4.81m at the University of Sunshine Coast.
It’s hoped her latest setback is not too serious and the injury will be assessed ahead of the next major meeting in London next weekend.
Last month she told the Daily how excited she was by the prospect of competing at Rio. The Games starts in a fortnight.
“It’ll be my third Olympics so I know what to expect and I feel that I’ve proven this year that I’m in career-best form,” she said.
She was also bolstered by a strong showing at last year’s world championships in Beijing, where she made the final.
“That was probably the biggest learning curve for me, believing I actually mentally have what it takes to be up there with the best in the world,” she said.
Boyd’s parents, Ray and Denise, are dual Olympians and Commonwealth Games medallists in pole vault and 100m/200m respectively.