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Tom Daley pulls out of Commonwealth Games due to injury

The Olympic medallist will still compete in the synchronised diving event

By Steve Brown

Tom Daley has had to withdraw from defending his Commonwealth Games diving title due to a hip injury.

The 23-year-old Olympic medallist won gold at both Delhi in 2010 and Glasgow 2014 in the individual 10m event, but while training for the hat-trick win in the Gold Coast, the diver has suffered a series of problems.

First, Daley suffered a concussion in March which kept him off the 10m board until last week and also contracted pneumonia earlier in the year.

But now Daley – who is is expecting his first child with his husband Dustin Lance Black – has been forced to pull out after suffering from a hip injury while training in Australia.

A statement from British Swimming said: “Despite resting over the weekend, ongoing medical issues alongside a further injury in the pool last week has resulted in Tom and his training team agreeing that he should not compete in the individual platform diving event.

“The technical dives in the individual event put enormous physical strain on Tom’s body. Due to prior illness and with his hips being the determining factor, some of the dives Tom was due to demonstrate in the individual event would be too dangerous and impactful on his body.”

Although the diver has been forced to pull from the single event, he promised he will still compete in the 10m synchronised event alongside Olympic bronze medallist Dan Goodfellow on Friday (13.04.18).

Daley said: “I have been training so hard for the Commonwealth Games, so this is a real disappointment for me.

“The hardest thing for any athlete is coping with an injury, especially when it means they can’t compete in what they have been working towards.

“I continue training for the 10m synchronised diving event alongside Dan.”

During this season’s World Series, Daley hasn’t competed in any 10m events because of injury.