Olympic long jumper Jazmin Sawyers has blamed bad menstrual pain for her pulling out of a competition in Boston at the weekend.
The reigning European and Commonwealth silver medallist, was due to compete at the Adidas Boost Boston Games but pulled out at the last minute as her British team-mate Shara Proctor took victory.
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.”
“But it’s so frustrating when a few days later, sometimes the next day or even hours on, you’re back to feeling fine, because this is ‘normal’.”