More waiting for injured Elaine Thompson

By Sports Desk October 26, 2019
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Injured Jamaican sprinter, double Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson will not know what her recovery will look like for another two weeks.

According to reports out of Jamaica, the Jamaica Gleaner in particular, Thompson, who had to pull out of the 200-metres and the 4x100-metre relay at the recently held IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar, will be advised in two weeks time.

At the moment, Thompson is wearing an orthopaedic boot on her left leg to mitigate against further damage to her calf and achilles, which have plagued her for the last year and a half.

President of the MVP Track Club, Bruce James, says the boot is just precautionary and that his organization, where Thompson trains, will not be making any statements until the medical team has advised them of what the proposal for recovery will be.

Even though there is some uncertainty about the length of recovery time and whether or not there is a permanent fix for Thompson’s achilles problems, the athlete, is optimistic that her focus will get her into the type of shape to give her a good chance of defending her two Olympic titles.

“Elaine is determined to get back to her very best. She is taking all the necessary steps to make sure that she is at her best for the Tokyo Olympics,” said James.

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