British athlete Lina Nielsen makes her debut at the Comonwealth Games this week and she has bravely revealed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis

Jessica Ennis-Hill has led the chorus of support for Lina Nielsen after the 400-meter hurdler revealed she has multiple sclerosis.

Nielsen makes her Commonwealth Games debut for England on Thursday - 10 years to the day since Ennis-Hill was star of Super Saturday at the London 2012 Olympics.

She lines up revealing that the MS she first experienced at the age of 13, and which remained dormant for years, flared up last week, ruining her World Championship hopes.

“The only reason I share it is that I hope it holds the power to inspire many,” said Lina, whose identical twin Laviai also competes for Britain.

“And to give an understanding into the idea that sometimes you might never know what some athletes truly face before the start line.”

Ennis-Hill posted: “I have so much admiration for this incredible woman!

“@linaruns you continue to amaze me with all you have achieved on and off the track and the genuinely lovely person you are!

“Thank you for telling your story. We’ll all be cheering you on as always.” Aided by a course of anti-inflammatory corticosteroids the 26-year old's symptoms have subsided and she has been able to return to the track.

posted Wednesday August 3rd
by Alex Spink