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Australian world discus champion Dani Samuels has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games saying no gold medal "is worth risking my life".

Speaking exclusively with The Courier-Mail, Samuels says increased terror threats "frightened" her out of the Delhi Games set to begin in 11 days.

The 22-year-old made the decision about noon yesterday when her national tracksuit arrived by courier and she felt too ill to open it.

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