England’s Max Litchfield Out of Commonwealth Games with Shoulder Injury

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Commonwealth Record Holder and World Championships silver medalist Max Litchfield is officially out of competition at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Litchfield placed fourth in the 400 IM in both Rio and Budapest.

Team England made the announcement on their Twitter handle:

Litchfield addressed the injury on his own personal Twitter account with the following statement:

“It is with great disappointment that I must announce I will be withdrawing from the 2018 Commonwealth Games. As most of you know I have been facing a Shoulder injury since the Worlds last year, and with the future in mind I have decided to take my time to focus fully on my rehabilitation and be in the best shape for the Europeans and the next 2 years! Would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone from the City of Sheffield, Swim England and British Swimming for all their help during these tough times.”

View the full Tweets below:

Litchfield made the original Team England roster for the meet selected in October. His brother Joe Litchfield made the second round of selections in the team’s finalized roster in January. He was likely to compete in both the 200 and 400 IM in Gold Coast.