Jamaica's sprint hurdles champion reveals surgery to repair injured shin

By October 31, 2019

Ronald Levy, Jamaica’s reigning 110m hurdles champion and the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion had surgery to repair a fractured shin that has hampered him for more than a year.

Levy, a semi-finalist at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, revealed that he had been having problems with his shin since the week after he won the national title in 2018.

“I started to feel discomfort in my left shin which eventually turned into severe pain,” he revealed on his Instagram account on Wednesday evening, the same day he celebrated his 27th birthday.

“However, I didn't allow it to slow me down or hinder my progress and as a result, it wasn't until the beginning of the 2019 season (that) I found out that I had actually been competing with a stress fracture for the whole year.”

Levy told Sportsmax.TV in January at the RJR Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards in Kingston, that he was just about to begin training, explaining that he was still recovering from the fractured shin.

“With recommendations from my doctor and coach, I started training late January but despite both rest and treatment, the pain persisted as the fracture was healing but healing slowly,” he explained on Instagram.

“It was an uphill battle. I struggled constantly balancing the pain I felt with training effectively and eventually, things started to look promising.”

That was until mid-August, he said when his right shin gave way.

“This was obviously very devastating but I was focused on the goal and continued my journey with the help of painkillers. It got to the point where walking upstairs, a simple everyday task would cause me pain,” he said.

“Despite it all, I persevered and made it to Doha. I give God all the glory and am tremendously grateful for all my small victories this year.”

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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