Athletics Australia has today confirmed the withdrawal of Alex Rowe from this year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
With the commencement of post-graduate studies in medicine at Monash University, Rowe has been unable to maintain the shape that he believes appropriate to compete on the international stage.
“I have reluctantly decided to withdraw from Beijing after much discussion with my coach, Justin Rinaldi, and my family. My recent race results have made it clear that I am not in the shape expected of an international athlete and consequently it was evident that this was the best decision” Rowe said.
“In February of this year I commenced my post-graduate studies in medicine and some of the challenges faced since, including living out of home for the first time, training independently and balancing my preparation with study, has been very difficult. My recent race results have been extremely disappointing and when considering the short time frame between now and the start of the championships I am unlikely to turn my season around.
“Withdrawing from Beijing is the best thing that I can do to ensure that I make the Olympic team next year. My sole focus now is to complete my study for the year and commence preparations for 2016. I plan to defer next year so that I can dedicate myself to training and competition.
“I have just turned 23 so I am very optimistic about my best performances being ahead of me, and that next year will see me improve on my personal best of 1:44.40.”
Athletics Australia Head Coach, Craig Hilliard, supports Rowe’s decision and commends him for being honest about where he is at.