BARCELONA, Spain - There is some good news for Jamaica’s sprinter Julian Forte who pulled up with an injury while leading the men’s 200m final on Friday night at the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium here.
Earlier today team physiotherapist Wendy Peart told the Observer that the athlete was “recovering well” and had responded to “the conventional methods of treatment – ice, elevation and compression.”
Peart said the injury appears to be “a cramp” and not a tear as was suspected.
Forte was leading the field with just about 20m to go when he suddenly pulled up and struggled home in last place in 21.00 seconds before being wheeled off the track in a wheelchair, his disappointment obvious on his anguished face.
Today, however, Peart reported that Forte was walking around the team hotel and while he said there was a bit of pain in the area, she said he should be good to go soon and could return to training.
On Friday, Christopher Harley, Forte’s personal coach who had accompanied him to Spain from Jamaica via Italy, told the Observer he was “surprised” when he saw the athlete go down as he had looked sound in his preparation and there had being no complaints.
“We did some starts before the race and he felt OK then,” Harley said.
Forte, the former Wolmers Boys runner, had pulled up in the final of the Under 20 100m at CARIFTA Trials in March and had missed a few days of training before returning but skipped the 100m at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Junior and Senior Trials, opting to run only the 200m as he said he was avoiding the 100m as that was where he usually gets injured.
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