In this file photo taken on July 17, 2017 Australia's Taneka Kovchenko and Australia's Melissa Wu compete in the women's 10m platform synchro final during the diving competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. / AFP / FERENC ISZA
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Heartbroken Australian diver Taneka Kovchenko retired on the eve of her home Commonwealth Games Tuesday after medical experts warned that she risked severe paralysis if one more dive went wrong.Kovchenko, who with team-mate Melissa Wu finished fifth at last year's world championships in Budapest in the synchronized 10m, described the threat of serious injury as "super scary".Kovchenko and Wu had been expected to light up their event at the Commonwealth Games, having taken gold at November's FINA Diving Grand Prix at the Gold Coast.Teju Williamson will replace Kovchenko in the 10m individual event, and could also join up with Wu in the synchronized discipline.
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