Jenn Suhr competes in the women's pole vault final(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- An ailing Jenn Suhr was still reeling a day after failing to defend her medal in the pole vault.
The 2012 gold medalist has been plagued with a respiratory infection her entire time in Rio, and it cost her a chance to defend her title. She was vomiting blood on Friday and said she feared the infection had spread to her lungs.
She posted a lengthy statement on Saturday explaining she is "sicker than I have ever been" while thanking her fans. But she also apologized for letting them down.
The feeling of disappointing yourself is hard to handle. The feeling of disappointing others is even harder...... pic.twitter.com/IbwVnbeihs
— Jenn Suhr (@JennSuhr) August 20, 2016
Suhr felt particularly bad about letting down Western New York.