Athletics Australia can today confirm the withdrawal of five-time Paralympic champion Evan O’Hanlon (ACT) from the Australian Flame team bound for the IPC Athletics World Championships.
Citing a stress fracture in his back, O’Hanlon has been forced off the track for an extended period as he recovers to be ready for action in in the T38 cerebral palsy 100m at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
“I’m utterly disappointed that I won’t get to defend or add to my world titles medal collection. In Lyon two years ago, I managed to get back to compete after four weeks bed rest with meningitis but this time I just won’t be able to get the body ready in time,” O’Hanlon said.
“I will be back next year stronger, fitter, bigger and better than ever. I will push down the track in a hospital bed to win if need be. For now though, I’ll be getting back to Canberra as soon as I can to start the road to recovery.”
The Australian Flame team for the IPC Athletics World Championships now stands at 49, with competition to commence in Doha (QAT) on 22 October 2015.
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