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Fragapane 'Heartbroken' After Achilles Tear
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British star Claudia Fragapane has suffered a torn Achilles' tendon and will miss the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the 2016 Olympian announced on Friday.

British star Claudia Fragapane has suffered a torn Achilles' tendon and will miss the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the 2016 Olympian announced on Friday.

Fragapane, the defending Commonwealth Games champion, won't get a chance to defend her title at next month's games in Gold Coast, Australia.

"Yesterday I was on floor and I felt something go on take off and sadly I have snapped my Achilles," Fragapane posted on Twitter. "I feel so upset and heartbroken. Words can't describe how I'm feeling right now!"

Fragapane, who turned 20 on October 24, was the breakout star of the gymnastics competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where her four gold medals (team, all-around, vault and floor exercise) was a first for an English female at the Games since 1930.

Fragapane is a two-time world championship medalist, winning bronze medals with the British team in 2015 in Glasgow and on floor exercise last fall in Montreal. On February 21, she was named to England's Commonwealth Games squad, along Amy Tinkler, Alice Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton and Kelly Simm.

Fragapane's injury is another blow to Team England that has already lost Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie to injuries in the past month. Ellie Downie, the reigning European champion, was forced to withdraw from the upcoming Birmingham World Cup with an ankle injury and was replaced by Tinkler.

After her announcement, Fragapane said she was touched by all the messages of support she had received.

"[Heartbroken] for our team pocket rocket but your our pocket rocket for a reason & I know you'll be back stronger than ever @claudia_frag," Becky Downie tweeted.

"@claudia_frag I am absolutely heart broken for you. Sending you so much love right now ❤️ Keep being your positive self, you will be back in no time. Love you frags xxx," Simm tweeted from Chicago, where she is scheduled to compete Saturday in the American Cup.

After helping the British women place fifth at the 2016 Olympic Games, Fragapane starred on the popular BBC series Strictly Come Dancing.

"I don't know when I will be back competing again," Frapagane wrote, "but I have the greatest people around me that will help me recover mentally and physically. This won't be the end for me. I will come back stronger."

Fragapane will also miss the upcoming British Gymnastics Championships, which return to Liverpool March 8-11, and likely this year's European championships in Glasgow. For the first time, the European championships will be part of a multi-sport games, which gymnastics sharing the stage with several other sports in August.

Update: Alice Kinsella will replace Fragapane in the Birmingham World Cup, March 21-22.

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