The Courier-Mail

Gilmore bows out

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STEPHANIE Gilmore’s world title defence appears to be over after it was revealed the Australian will miss the upcoming Fiji Pro event.

Gilmore has not competed since she injured her knee while having a free surf during a lay day at the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia last month.

The six-time world champion sustained multiple hairline fractures in the accident as well as bone bruising and tendinitis.

Gilmore’s absence from the event starting tomorrow means she will only have five events left to close the gap on Carissa Moore.

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