Blow for Beattie

Carlee Beatie
Carlee Beatie

INJURY has stood between Warwick athlete Carlee Beattie and her dream of a second medal at her second Paralympics.

Beattie was a late withdrawal from the T46 100m yesterday morning with an abductor injury.

Athletics team manager Andrew Faichney said on ABC television that Beattie suffered the injury during her heat.

"It was touch and go whether she could compete in the final," Faichney said.

"She did her warm-up but the injury got progressively worse and we informed officials in the call room she would be unable to participate in the final.

"Medically she wasn't up to it."

It was a bitter blow to Beattie who has a best time of 12.9 seconds for the 100m.

The third placegetter, Yanping Wing, of China, ran 12.89 so Beattie at her best would have been in the medal hunt.

Cuba star Yunidis Castillo won in 12.01 seconds, .06 behind her world record two days earlier.

Long jump winner Nikol Rodomakina, of Russia, was second in 12.58.

The 100m was Beattie's last event of the games but she has already stated her intention to stay in the sport and aim to win gold in the long jump at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in 2016.

While Beattie's first priority will be to recover from her games injury, she can look forward to the possibility of competing in next year's world championships in Lyon, France, on July 20-29 which are expected to attract 2000 athletes from 118 countries.

Last year, she won silver and bronze in the championships in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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