Thursday 22 August, 2019

Achilles tendon still bothering Elaine Thompson

Elaine Thompson (file photo)

Elaine Thompson (file photo)

Top Jamaican female sprinter, Elaine Thompson, is currently preparing for the major part of the 2019  track and field season with a bothersome Achilles tendon that ended her 2018 season early.

According to Thompson, while she is doing background strength and fitness work, the injury acts up whenever she goes through strenuous training.

“Honestly, Achilles injury is a hard one to deal with, and I have dealt with it for a long time. It is like three years I have been dealing with it, but it is not like a muscle or a tendon, so it is hard to deal with medical-wise,” she indicated on Saturday.

“I am just going to keep on treating it the best that I can, and to just go out there and improve the best that I can,” she added.

“Right now I am not feeling pain, I don’t want to feel any pain, but at times there is a little soreness when I do intense training, and I am just working with the best of it right now, so that I can have a good season,” Thompson said after she opened her season with a 7.24 clocking for victory in section one of the women's 60-metre at the Queen's/Grace Jackson meet on Saturday at the National Stadium.

Thompson is currently the reigning 100-metre Olympic gold medallist, after dethroning countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016, when she also won the 200-metre event and helped the national team to silver in the women’s 4x100 metres.

She said she is hoping to remain healthy and pain-free this year to be able to compete at the one-week World Athletics Championships which starts on September 28 at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

She said her participation in the meet will be for assessment by her coach, Stephen Francis.

“I am glad that I could come out and execute just to see how far I am with my strength and my build-up, and where I am at in training, so I am taking it step by step each day,” she said after securing a victory in a section of the 60-metre sprint at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet.

“This will be a long season and a good one, so I will have to keep focused, and have a healthy and pain-free one. I don’t know what coach has in store, but right now for me, it is to get fit by putting in the work,” Thompson added.

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