Monday, 05 June 2017 19:29

Sawyers blames bad periods for Boston withdrawal

Rio 2016 Olympian Jazmin Sawyers has blamed bad menstrual pain for her pulling out of a competition in Boston at the weekend.

The 23-year-old, who reached the final of the women's long jump in Brazil last summer, had been due to compete at the Boost Boston Games.

But just an hour before she was due to leave for the track, her period started, leaving her unable to compete.

Sawyers chose to speak out about her reason for pulling out because it is 'something that isn't talked about enough in sport'.

In 2015, British tennis player Heather Watson blamed 'girl things' as one of her reasons for her Australian Open exit.

"Can't walk, intense pain radiating down my legs, head spinning, full body sweating, shouting, crying kind of bad," Sawyers wrote on Twitter.

"Five minutes before leaving for the track all of the above happened.

"If you don't have periods, or don't have them this bad, it's hard to imagine why I can't just suck it up and compete.

"But when you're in so much pain you can't walk more than a few steps and your legs buckle under your own weight, there's no chance you can jump." Sportsbeat 2017