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Rio 2016: Kim Mickle injures shoulder, Brandon Starc out of high jump final

ABC News ABC News 17/08/2016 Luke Pentony

Kim Mickle has injured her throwing shoulder in the qualifying rounds of the women's javelin at the Rio Olympics, while Brandon Starc made an early departure in the men's high jump final.

Mickle was in considerable distress after her third throw in the qualification round at the Olympic Stadium, clutching her right wrist and forearm as she was walked from the field by stadium officials.

She had surgery on her right shoulder in September last year after aggravating a pre-existing injury the previous month at the Beijing world championships, where she had been one of the medal favourites.

Kim Mickle of Australia is assisted by medical staff after being injured during the Women's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Kim Mickle of Australia is assisted by medical staff after being injured during the Women's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round. The Western Australian had always been facing a race against time to prove her fitness for Rio following a lengthy rehabilitation period, but some throws during training in Perth last month had helped boost her confidence.

Mickle, the 2013 world championships silver medallist, hardly looked comfortable on her opening two throws, posting 57.20 metres and a foul.

Her third throw registered a mark of 55.93m but she immediately grimaced with the pain of what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder.

Brandon Starc of Australia competes during the Men's High Jump Final. © Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Brandon Starc of Australia competes during the Men's High Jump Final. Earlier, Starc could not repeat his clutch effort from qualification on Sunday night, when he clinched his berth in the high jump final with a clearance of 2.29m.

Starc, making his Olympics debut, got over the opening height of 2.20m on his second attempt on Tuesday night, but crashed out when the bar was raised to 2.25m.

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