Heartbreak for Morgan Lake as foot injury forces withdrawal from Olympic final

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There was heartbreak for Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC (WSEH) athlete Morgan Lake as she was forced to withdraw from the women’s high jump final because of injury today (Saturday).

Lake had looked in good shape to compete for medals in Thursday’s qualification, comfortably clearing 1.95m to go straight through to her second Olympic final.

However, she sustained a foot injury in jumping a season’s best in qualifying and was forced to pull out of this morning’s final.

After Team GB broke the news on Twitter, Lake added: “Absolutely heartbroken. Finding it hard to believe this is even real. Hoping to wake up tomorrow and find this is all a dream.

The Olympic title went to Mariya Lasitskene from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), who cleared 2.04m, with Australia’s Nicola McDermott taking silver after clearing 2.02m at her second attempt. Yaroslava Mahuchikh took bronze with a clearance of 2.00m.

It’s been a disappointing Games for WSEH’s Olympic hopefuls, with hammer thrower Taylor Campbell failing to make the final after a throw of only

71.34m.

While 400m hurdler Jessie Knight slipped and clattered into the first hurdle of her heat last week, having been forced to isolate after being deemed a close contact of someone with COVID-19 on the flight from Heathrow.

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