Hurdler Phillips on the mend after Olympic tumble

Paul Reid

Saturday, August 18, 2012    

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LONDON, England — Jamaica's sprint hurdler Richard Phillips is recovering from a foot injury he sustained while competing in the men's 110m hurdles semi-finals at the recently completed Olympic Games in London.

Phillips, who was a finalist in the previous Olympics held in Beijing, China in 2008, pulled up after the third hurdle in the semi-finals in London and had to be carried off the track, said he has fractures.

“I have fractured bones in my left ankle at around the third hurdle and I couldn't push off the ground from the left leg, or put my foot down,” he said.

He was fifth in his first round heat in 13.47 seconds and advanced as one of the fastest losers. He told reporters then he would be making adjustments which he hoped would put him in the final.

In an email to the Jamaica Observer, Phillips said his left foot was still in a protective boot and would be immobile for at least a few more weeks, but said he expected to make a full recovery. “The injury is coming along fine, no pain so far... I will be ok soon.”

It has been a nightmarish season for Phillips who had to withdrawn from the semi-finals of the IAAF World Indoors in Istanbul, Turkey in March with a sore hamstring.



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