AUSTRALIAN Olympic champion Sally Pearson has been taken to hospital with a broken and dislocated wrist, an injury likely to rule her out of the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
The London Olympics gold medallist held her arm and wrist in agony after striking the fifth hurdle and falling to the ground.
She was running in the women's 100m in the Rome leg of the Diamond League.
Athletics Australia have reported she was taken to hospital immediately and would now have surgery in Rome.
She would then be flown home to Australia.
Athletics Australia released the following statement:
Pearson suffered a dislocation and a complex fracture of both the ulna and the radius in her left arm in the fall.
She is scheduled to undergo surgery in Rome at approximately 11:00AM AEST this morning to address these injuries.
She is in the hands of a very competent orthopaedic surgeon in Rome and is understandably devastated by the injury and in a great deal of pain.
It is however too early to tell what impact the injury will have on the remainder of her season and her hopes of competing for Australia at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August.
It is anticipated that Pearson will return home to Australia once she has recovered from the surgery.