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Gymnastics Monday, 15 July, 2002, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Murdock out of Games
Holly Murdock
Holly Murdock has ro miss the Manchester competition

Northern Ireland's star gymnast Holly Murdock has had to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games due to a leg injury.

Murdock sustained a fractured tibia at the British Championships and has also damaged a cruciate knee ligament which will need immediate surgery.

The United Kingdom's highest-ever ranked gymnast has been told she could be out of competition for 10 months.

Murdock had been rated as a medal contender at the Commonwealth Games which begin in Manchester on 25 July.

American scholarship

It is a cruel blow for the 18-year-old from Derriaghy near Belfast, particularly as a broken toe forced her to miss the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

"I am devastated. I was hoping to win a medal for Northern Ireland," said Murdock.

"Something seems to go wrong when big championships come along."

Murdock is due to start a scholarship at an American college in January.

However, now there are concerns she will miss an entire term of competition.

Murdock withdrew from two competitions recently due to back spasms but had since been given the all clear.

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