Kim Smith ruled out of Commonwealth Games

11:58, Jul 02 2014
Kim Smith
RULED OUT: Champion Kiwi marathon runner Kim Smith will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow due to injury.

Marathon runner Kim Smith has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games due to an Achilles tendon injury.

The United States-based New Zealand record-holder (2min 25.21sec) was eyeing her first Commonwealth Games after finishing 15th in the women's marathon at the London Olympics in 2012, but wasn't confident she could perform at her best.

''She's had an Achilles-type problem. We've known for a while. It's something that doesn't enable her to do the training volume she wants to do,'' Athletics New Zealand's high performance director Scott Goodman said.

''She possibly could run but she's made a decision that she would be underprepared and she would prefer not to race than go in and not perform as well as she'd like to be able to. You've got to respect that sort of decision.''

The 32-year-old, who has lined up at three Olympics, was seen as a medal prospect in Glasgow.

Her withdrawal reduces the New Zealand athletics team to 21, with one women's 4x400m relay runner to be added.

That is expected to be Monique Dell if she can prove her fitness.

The team assemble in Cardiff for a pre-Games camp on July 10.

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