Heartbreak for Jenny Meadows as injury rules 800m runner out of second successive season
32-year-old missed last year's Olympic Games
Wednesday 05 June 2013
Jenny Meadows has been ruled out for a second successive season having suffered a stress fracture in her thighbone.
It is a devastating blow to the former world 800m bronze medallist after injury also ended her hopes of running in last year’s London Olympics.
The 32-year-old had returned to action this year with the aim of winning another world championship medal in Moscow to follow her 2009 bronze. She finished fourth in the European Indoors earlier this year as she eased back into action but will not step on to the track again this season.
“It feels especially cruel on the back of the heartache of missing last year’s Games and then getting myself back to such great shape,” said Meadows, who missed the London Games with a long-term Achilles injury.
“This has obviously come as a shock as I had a full season of races planned and coming off the indoor season we were just so positive. Training was going so well, and my times were indicating I could compete for a medal in Moscow and set a career best time this season.
“I won’t disappear off the scene. I will work with the UK Athletics medical staff to overcome this and get back to competition in 2014. There is the lure of three potential medals to keep me motivated at the world indoors, European Championships and Commonwealth Games. I’ve shown I can get back before and I will do so again.”
Meadows was encouraged by Kelly Holmes to believe she can mount a successful comeback despite her age. Holmes was 34 when she won her two gold medals at the Athens Olympics.
“Jenny has an ability to fight for what she wants and the advantage she possesses is that she has been there and done it at the top level,” said Holmes. “She only has to look at me. The key, I believe, is to stay motivated, especially if she picks up injury. She has the ability in abundance; it’s all about keeping her mind strong and focused that it will come back.”
Latest in Sport
Manny Pacquiao secures $12.5m mansion by giving seller four tickets to 2 May fight with Floyd Mayweather
WWE WrestleMania 31: What time does it start? Full match card and preview ahead of event
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
Manchester United transfer news: Chris Smalling and Phil Jones face uncertain future with contract renewal talks on hold
New Zealand vs Australia - Cricket World Cup Final preview: Kiwis must bridge a gulf to take world crown
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 4 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
£6 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity to join a gro...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Service Delivery Manager is required to join...
£12000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A opportunity has arisen for a ...
£32000 - £38000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful accountancy practice in...