GOLD COAST (AUS): Zane Robertson has pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast due to a groin injury, informs Fast Running. “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,” said Athletics New Zealand High-Performance Director Scott Goodman. Robertson had entered both the 10,000m and the marathon.
I’m Very sad to say that I will not be attending the Commonwealth games. I’ve missed some weeks of intensive training due to a freak mistake made by a massage therapist, almost broke my hip. I always keep it real with my fans so I give you nothing but the hard truth. I don’t want to come to be a number, I only race if confident I can race for the the Gold ðŸ¥‡ medal. Thank you to everyone for understanding my difficult situation. I will be back to competing in May but I’m just not ready yet. Attached below is the media release Zane Robertson out of Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 5000m medallist Zane Robertson has pulled out of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team. A groin injury picked up earlier in the year forced the Kenyan-based Kiwi to miss several weeks of training at a key stage of his preparation for the Games and while he has been training since then, he has not recovered to the extent he could put on the black singlet and give it his best shot. The 28 year old had been selected for both the 10,000m, in which he holds the NZ record, and the marathon. While it would not have been possible to compete in both, he was hopeful of putting up a very good performance in one or the other. “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,” said Scott Goodman, Athletics New Zealand High Performance director. “I’ve been talking to Zane daily for the last couple of weeks and 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,” Goodman added. Robertson will remain training in Kenya and set himself for some road races, with perhaps another crack at a fast marathon later in the year. #commonwealth #commonwealthgames #commonwealthgames2018 #newzealand #EarnTheFern