Brian Davies disappointed to lose trio ahead of Commonwealth Games

Helen Jenkins of Great Britain celebrates second place in the Elite Women's race in the 2014 ITU World Triathlon in Grant Park on June 28, 2014
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Chef de mission Brian Davies admits that Wales could struggle to hit their target of 27 medals following the loss of three contenders in their squad.

Chef de mission Brian Davies has admitted that Wales have been dealt a cruel blow with the news that three of their medal contenders will miss the Commonwealth Games.

Triathletes Non Stanford and Helen Jenkins have been ruled out of their event, while cyclist Becky James will miss out in Glasgow, and Davies has claimed that the original target of 27 medals could now be tough to reach.

"Twenty-seven is going to be a stretch when you lose three world champions," Davies is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "Hopefully the rest of the team have been isolated from it.

"I feel mainly sorry for the individuals concerned. They would have been so proud to wear the kit and represent their country."

Wales claimed 19 medals in Delhi four years ago.

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