Shilese Jones Pulls Out of Olympic Trials, Jeopardizing Tokyo Hopes

Six-time world medalist Shilese Jones has withdrawn from the final day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, as she continues to battle back pain.

Six-time world medalist Shilese Jones has withdrawn from the final day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, putting her hopes of competing in Tokyo in jeopardy.

Jones, who won a gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2019 World Championships, has been battling back pain for the past few months and has been unable to train consistently.

Shilese Jones Pulls Out of Olympic Trials, Jeopardizing Tokyo Hopes

Shilese Jones Pulls Out of Olympic Trials, Jeopardizing Tokyo Hopes

The 28-year-old made the difficult decision to withdraw from the trials on Friday, after consulting with her medical team.

"I'm heartbroken to have to make this decision," Jones said in a statement. "I've worked so hard for this moment, and I was really looking forward to competing in front of the home crowd."

Jones added that she is still hopeful of competing in Tokyo, but she knows that she needs to prioritize her health.

"I'm going to take some time off to rest and recover," she said. "I'm still hopeful that I'll be able to make the team, but I need to be realistic about my expectations."

Jones' withdrawal is a major blow to the U.S. Olympic team. She is one of the top hurdlers in the world, and her presence in Tokyo would have been a major boost to the team's medal chances.

The U.S. Olympic Trials will continue on Saturday with the women's 400-meter hurdles final. The top three finishers will earn spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

Without Jones in the field, the race is now wide open. The favorites include Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, and Shamier Little.

McLaughlin is the reigning world champion in the 400-meter hurdles, while Muhammad is the reigning Olympic champion. Little is a rising star who has won multiple NCAA championships.

The women's 400-meter hurdles final is scheduled for Saturday at 7:45 p.m. ET.


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