Nicola Olyslagers has pulled out of Saturday's Commonwealth women's high jump final with a torn calf muscle.
It ends the prospect of a thrilling head-to-head battle with fellow Australian Eleanor Patterson.
The Tokyo Olympics silver medallist only needed one jump in Thursday's qualifying round to book her spot in the final.
Afterwards, Olyslagers was diagnosed with the inury to her right calf muscle.
"It's both disappointing and devastating not to be able to compete in the women's high jump final," the 25-year-old Olyslagers said in a statement.
"What was thought to be a tight calf after my qualifying round turned out to be a torn muscle in my jumping leg.
"Of all the emotions and shock I could feel in the moment, I still have peace.
"Winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games four years ago allowed my professional career as a high jumper to begin, it was a competition that changed the trajectory of my life.
"My prayer is that someone else's dream comes alive tomorrow as I cheer them on from the sidelines.
"Let's go cheer Eleanor on as she jumps for Australia so well out there."
Newly minted world champion Patterson will now be the unbackable favourite to win a second Commonwealth title, having previously claimed gold as a teenager at the 2014 Glasgow Games.
The final is at 1017 local time (1917 AEST) on Saturday.
Australian Associated Press
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