After years of pain Shayna Jack was on top of the world. But it all came crashing down after a training incident, leaving her heart broken.
Shayna Jack has endured another dip in the emotional rollercoaster that has been her return to professional swimming.
After enduring years of pain to clear her name and return to the pool, Jack did so in perfect fashion by claiming a gold medal after anchoring the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay to gold in Budapest, Hungary.
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Before she could hit the pool ahead of the individual 100m freestyle heats, Jack slipped and fell onto her hand at the warm up pool and will miss the remainder of the world championships. She’s hopeful of competing at the Commonwealth Games.
“Due to an unfortunate incident in this mornings training session, I have broken my hand. I am broken-hearted to announce that I have to withdraw from the rest of the competition and that I won’t have the opportunity to achieve everything I wanted to,” Jack wrote on Instagram.
“However I am still so proud of what I’ve achieved, how far I’ve come and the amazing teammates I’ve been able to medal with. As I always do I turn my focus to the future, and that is the Commonwealth Games. Starting this afternoon I’ll be back in the pool doing a kick-session.”
Jack was one of the favorites to claim the gold medal in the event. Teammate Mollie O’Callaghan raced in the heats, posting the fastest time overall to advance to the semi-finals.
Jack’s world was turned on its head on the eve of the 2019 World Championships it was revealed Jack had tested positive to anabolic agent Ligandrol.
Jack was sent home and hit with a four-year ban from all competitions. Jack continually maintained her innocence and had her suspension cut in half by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in November 2020.
However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Sport Integrity Australia (SIA) appealed the leniency of the two-year ban a month later before it was finally quashed in September last year, allowing Jack to continue her swimming career.
Jack was at her best during the recent Australian Championships, recording the then fastest time in the world in the 50m freestyle. After realising she had qualified for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, Jack was overwhelmed with emotion.
“I’m overwhelmed with emotion to be back on the qualifying team,” Jack said aftering in the 100m freestyle.
“Not very many people know what I actually really went through – you know the depths of it and to be back and wearing those colours again means more than anything to me.
“My goal was to love swimming and fall in love with it again and I have and I’m really, really proud to be back.
“There’s a lot of times I thought I might not get to this point – not just obviously because of the whole case and everything like that – but I struggled, I kind of lost touch with why I love swimming and why I did swim.
“It’s still a journey, I’m still learning and doing things and working with psychologists with all those things and that’s been really, really beneficial with my comeback.”