Ill McSweyn out of Commonwealth Games

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National record holder Stewart McSweyn has been forced to pull out of the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games after coming down with the flu.

McSweyn has endured a difficult year after an adverse reaction to a COVID-19 booster in March led to him being diagnosed with pericarditis or inflammation around the heart.

He recovered in time to compete at last month's world championships in Eugene, where he placed ninth in the 1500m final won by Britain's Jake Wightman.

Had he not fallen ill, McSweyn would had been among the medal favourites in the metric mile in Birmingham.

The heats are on Thursday.

In better news for the Australian team, two-time javelin world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber has been given the medical all-clear to compete in Birmingham.

Barber had tested positive to COVID-19 on arrival at the Australian team training camp in Tonbridge.

But fellow Australian and reigning Commonwealth javelin champ Kathryn Mitchell is a late withdrawal after picking up an unknown virus in transit from the US to England.

The women's javelin final is on Sunday.

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