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Freak accident sees Shayna Jack pull out of World Championships following fairytale return to pool

A freak accident causes Shayna Jack to pull out of the World Championships after her fairytale return to the pool after a drug drama

  • Shayna Jack withdraws from World Cup in Hungary after broken hand
  • The 23-year-old slipped in the warm-up pool prior to Wednesday’s heats
  • She confirmed via social media that she broke her hand and withdrew from Budapest
  • Jack said she is already working on the Commonwealth Games in July
  • The Australian team said they cannot confirm whether they will be able to participate

Australian swimming champion Shayna Jack has been forced to withdraw from the World Championships after breaking her hand in a freak accident just before she was due to race.

The 23-year-old was scheduled to compete in the 100 freestyle heats at the meet in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday, but slipped and fell heavily in the warm-up pool, seriously injuring her hand.

She was taken to a nearby hospital for scans but said via social media she believes she broke her hand.

“I broke my hand due to an unfortunate incident during this morning’s training session,” she wrote on her social media account.

“It pains me to announce that I have to withdraw from the rest of the competition and that I won’t get the chance to achieve everything I wanted.

Australian swimming champion Shayna Jack has been forced to pull out of the World Cup after breaking her hand (pictured with coach Dean Boxall)

Australian swimming champion Shayna Jack has been forced to pull out of the World Cup after breaking her hand (pictured with coach Dean Boxall)

The 23-year-old was due to compete in the 100 freestyle heats at the meet in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday, but slipped and fell heavily in the warm-up pool

The 23-year-old was due to compete in the 100 freestyle heats at the meet in Budapest, Hungary on Wednesday, but slipped and fell heavily in the warm-up pool

“However, I’m still so proud of what I’ve accomplished, how far I’ve come and the great teammates I was able to medal with. As always, my focus is on the future, which is the Commonwealth Games.”

A spokesperson for the Australian team said it is too early to say if she will be available for selection for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held next month in Birmingham, UK.

Jack had made a stunning return to the pool since returning from a two-year doping ban that saw Australia win gold and silver medals in the relay events.

She was supposed to compete in the 50m and 100m freestyle, but will now give up her place.

Jack was taken to a nearby hospital for scans, but said via social media that she believes she has broken her hand.

Jack was taken to a nearby hospital for scans, but said via social media that she believes she has broken her hand.

Jack had made a stunning return to the pool since returning from a two-year doping ban, which led Australia to gold and silver medals in the relay.

Jack had made a stunning return to the pool since returning from a two-year doping ban, which led Australia to gold and silver medals in the relay.

The child prodigy said she is already planning to return to the pool and still hopes to compete in Birmingham.

“I’ll be back in the pool starting this afternoon doing a kick session,” she added.

Several current and former Australian swimmers responded to the post, offering their support to the unlucky one.

“Wowsers… hoping for a super speedy recovery,” said legend Giaan Rooney.

“Proud of you,” Kaylee McKeown replied.

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