It was just two months ago that 2016 Olympic gold medalist Chloe Esposito was preparing for the 2019 UIPM World Championships.
However, she now won’t be able to compete.
In an inspiring, honest and open post on Instagram, the 27-year-old let her followers know that she had hamstring surgery.
“I’ve been hesitant to post about my hamstring operation, letting you all know what’s been going on,” she wrote.
“I was so embarrassed to know what everyone would think and have anyone doubt my comeback...especially after having a killer season last year.”
2018 was my year. I won 2 world medals and was ranked No.1 in the world...I felt untouchable and had my heart set on the World Champs. Such is sport, a few weeks prior I had to withdraw and fly home to Australia. 5 weeks ago this was me... I’ve been so hesitant to post about my hamstring operation, letting you all know whats been going on. I was so embarrassed to know what everyone would think and have anyone doubt my comeback...especially after having a killer season last year. This has been such a challenging period in my life, not being able to be active, not being able to sit, not being able to stand and not being able to do what I love (take my word on this, there have been many melt downs 👸) But I can tell you now, 5 weeks later I’m walking around like nothing has happened... still slow...but so happy with how recovery is going. When it was suggested it may be easier to move on with my life and step away from competing it only gave me so much more fire to prove to everyone that I can comeback and compete on the world stage again. If I can comeback 4 months out from Rio, I can comeback 6 months out from out Tokyo Olympic qualification. I will be back! #Tokyo2020 **also this is not a sympathy post, it’s just to let you all know what’s been going on and why I’ve been so quiet on the insta front**
Esposito had a fantastic 2018, winning two World Cup golds, Australia’s first gold medal in this event, and was the no.1 ranked female heptathlete.
Last year also saw her make a return to modern pentathlon after a year off to focus on herself outside of the sport and spend time with family.
It’s not the first injury she has suffered ahead of an Olympic Games.
In 2016, Esposito suffered from an Achilles tendon injury before creating Australian Olympic history by winning the modern pentathlon and setting a new Olympic record in Rio de Janeiro.
After having that experience she vowed to come back and compete on the world stage once again.
“If I can come back 4 months out from Rio, I can come back 6 months out from Tokyo Olympic qualification,” Esposito wrote.
“I will be back.”