Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 5000m medallist Zane Robertson has pulled out of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team.

A groin injury picked up earlier in the year forced the Kenyan-based Kiwi to miss several weeks of training at a key stage of his preparation for the Games and while he has been training since then, he has not recovered to the extent he could put on the black singlet and give it his best shot.

The 28 year old had been selected for both the 10,000m, in which he holds the NZ record, and the marathon. While it would not have been possible to compete in both, he was hopeful of putting up a very good performance in one or the other.

“Zane had hoped he could make up the lost time and come into the village with the confidence to race hard and put him in the frame for a good performance,” said Scott Goodman, Athletics New Zealand High Performance director.

“I’ve been talking to Zane daily for the last couple of weeks and he really wanted to run on the Gold Coast and put up a performance he could be proud of, but he has not been able to put in the solid track sessions he needs.”

“Zane has very high standards and he didn’t want to come and put in a below par race or be forced to withdraw during the race,” Goodman added.

Robertson will remain training in Kenya and set himself for some road races, with perhaps another crack at a fast marathon later in the year.

Gold Coast 2018 Athletics Team

Valerie Adams                                   shot put                               Pakuranga Athletic Club

Alana Barber                                      20km race walk                 Race Walking Auckland

Camille Buscomb                              10,000m, 5000m               Hamilton City Hawks Athletics

Cameron French                              400m hurdles                     Hamilton City Hawks Athletics

Siositina Hakeai                                 discus                                    Auckland City Athletics

Ben Langton Burnell                       javelin                                   Palmerston North Athletic and Harrier Club

Eliza McCartney                                pole vault                            North Harbour Bays Athletics

Olivia McTaggart                               pole vault                            North Harbour Bays Athletics

Brad Mathas                                      800m                                     Christchurch Old Boys

Joseph Millar                                     200m                                     Tauranga Ramblers

Angie Petty                                        800m                                     University of Canterbury

Julia Ratcliffe                                      hammer                               Hamilton City Hawks Athletics

Quentin Rew                                     20km race walk                 Wellington Harrier Athletic Club

Jake Robertson                                 10,000m                               Hamilton City Hawks Athletics

Holly Robinson                                  Para javelin                         Athletics Taieri

Nick Southgate                                 pole vault                            North Harbour Bays Athletics

Tom Walsh                                          shot put                               South Canterbury Athletic Club

Courtesy of Athletics NZ