"I'll be able to block it out as much as possible".
Pearson initially walked through the Gold Coast on Wednesday afternoon before she was the final Australian athlete to carry the baton, breaking out into a casual jog before it was handed to Prince Charles - via a Commonwealth Games official.
In what is a huge blow to the event from a local perspective, the Gold Coaster said she had been on track to overcome her lingering Achilles problems before the training dramas.
Pearson was one of the stars at the opening ceremony.
"Possibly if I could've run, who knows what could've happened".
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"Gutted, tears flowing, a lot of emotions, you could call it grief", she said of her emotions. I was double and triple checking it was the right decision (to withdraw). Than past year she somehow managed one of the greatest comebacks in athletics history to win the World Championships in London.
Sally Pearson conveys the baton during the launching ceremony.
Pearson, who was aiming for a third straight Commonwealth gold medal, confirmed she still intends to defend her world championships gold medal, with the aim of contesting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I'm so exhausted but I'm sure it will sink in soon. (AAP) Pearson reacts after winning the 100m hurdles at the 2017 World Championships in London.
The Gold Coast native featured in the Games' opening ceremony on Wednesday. "I had a big role to play in the opening ceremony which is why I waited until today to make the announcement".
Pearson will front a press conference at 1pm (AEST) and will be joined by Australia's athletics team head coach, Craig Hilliard, and Australia team doctor Paul Blackman.