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Two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Melissa Hauschildt has announced that she will not make the start of the 2014 Ironman World Championship next Saturday, Oct. 11 due to an injury.
Hauschildt, who burst onto the triathlon scene back in 2011 by dominating the half-iron distance and earning her first 70.3 world title, had tentatively planned to make her first Kona start this year. She earned an automatic qualifier slot for the race thanks to her 2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championship win and validated with a win at Ironman Australia in May. The Australian finished fifth at the August 31 Hy-Vee 5150 Elite Cup in Des Moines, Iowa and then traveled to Mont-Tremblant to defend her 70.3 world title. During that week, Hauschildt apparently suffered a devastating injury. She was unable to finish the race and later tweeted, “Sorry to post a DNF today. Apparently massage therapist ripped pec tendon off bone wed night. Devastated. Can not believe it. Tried my best.”
Hauschildt informed the media of her decision not to race last night, saying “Nine days out from race day and I still cannot swim more than a few hundred yards.” She says she was diagnosed with a torn pec, intercostals and connective tissue and subluxed rib. She’s back to riding pain-free, but is unable to swim and still has some pain while running.