Australia's Pearson, the 100m hurdles world champion and a Gold Coast resident, earlier said she was in tears when she realised she had to withdraw, but added: "My health comes first."The former Olympic champion, 31, is the face of the Games but she said a long-standing Achilles' problem flared up two days ago and left her unable to clear hurdles in training".
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"A few more years (towards Tokyo) is going to be hard to stay up in the top end but the depth in Australian cycling is awesome, the culture is incredible and I'm so proud to be part of the team, and hopefully in the next few years we can step up again and show the world what our country is all about".
Gururaja Poojary picked up silver for India, missing two attempts before a successful last lift that relegated Sri Lanka's Chaturanga Lakmal into third spot.
Poster girl Pearson's withdrawal with an Achilles problem made for a gloomy start to competition but it gave way to a triumphant evening for the hosts.Australia's three gold medals at the Anna Meares Velodrome included a world record in the men's 4,000m team pursuit as they stamped their authority on the cycling competition.
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The team of Shayna Jack, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell lowered the previous world record of 3:30.65 set by Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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"I am in the shape of my life and am gutted to miss out on the opportunity to show what I can do", said Proud, who lost an appeal against the disqualification.