Heptathlete background caused injuries, but left strong Janieve Russell

By July 09, 2018
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Jamaican 400-metre hurdler Janieve Russell has been plagued by injuries and has just failed, save for her Commonwealth gold earlier this year, to really make a mark on the world scene when it matters most. 

“Because of my background as a heptathlete, I have struggled with injuries for a large portion of my career and I would say I only started to love the hurdles in 2015 after making the World Championships team,” said Russell.

“That season I had struggled again through injury – after a piece of bone chipped off the knee. I was in pain for weeks prior to the Jamaican Trials but I surprised myself by qualifying. I then struggled to train and could hardly walk for a period before the World Championships, but I still managed to finish fifth, competing against the best of the best,” said Russell.

The injuries weren’t to end there either and her Rio Olympics were to be hampered badly.

“In 2016 I suffered a grade two tear of my rectus femoris but still reached the Olympic final, which doctors were surprised about. I think this once more proved my drive and determination,” said Russell.

Russell ran a personal best, 53.46 in Lousanne, Switzerland just last week, but was pipped to the line by the United States’ Shamier Little, who ran 53.41.

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