Sally Pearson expected to withdraw from Commonwealth Games with injury

Taylah Robertson

Sally Pearson to withdraw from Commonwealth Games with injury, ABC understands

Her chances of success at last year's World Championships were written off yet she proved the doubters wrong and won her second world title in London.

Pearson initially walked through the Gold Coast on Wednesday afternoon before she was the final Australian athlete to carry the baton, breaking out into a casual jog before it was handed to Prince Charles - via a Commonwealth Games official.

Pearson suffered an injury setback in the lead-up to the Gold Coast Games with an Achilles complaint that limited her training and preparation.

For now, the focus is overcoming the "rollercoaster" of the Achilles injury that has impeded her decorated career and contributed to her withdrawal from the Rio Olympics.

Pearson will front a press conference at 1pm (AEST) and will be joined by Australia's athletics team head coach, Craig Hilliard, and Australia team doctor Paul Blackman.

"Two days after that I came out here to the village, did another training session full of confidence and went into some run-throughs and just couldn't do it", she said.

"I went out there last night into the opening ceremony and heard the roar for Australia and not being able to feel that for myself in my individual events is very disappointing". "It's just unfortunate that the timing was now and my health comes first".

The 31-year-old Pearson said she had no choice but to withdraw from the 100-meter hurdles and the 4-x100 relay, take some rest and start thinking about the 2019 world championships and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I'm taking on a broader job as a captain now", she said, looking ahead to her role at the Games, for which athletics action begins on Sunday.

"Everyone here today knows how much of a competitor I am and how much I love to run for my country and teammates", she said.

"I'm probably 90 per cent there", Pearson said on Saturday.

"I know I have a lot of fans, obviously, who want to watch me race".

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