Sunday 21 January 2018

Athletics: Back injury forces Derry star Smyth out of Delhi reckoning

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DERRY sprinter Jason Smyth, who made history by reaching the 100m semi-finals at last month's European Championships, has been forced out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games with a back injury.

It is a recurrence of the problem that seriously curtailed Smyth's training before the Europeans and meant he could not race 200m because of the bends.

His coach, Stephen Maguire, revealed yesterday that it flared up on his first major training session since Barcelona.

With the Commonwealths so close -- they take place in Delhi in October -- and with the Paralympic World Championships taking place in New Zealand next January, the City of Derry star does not want to exacerbate it any further.

But Maguire said he is hopeful of recovering in time to return to Florida at the end of October to resume working with Tyson Gay's training group and his coach Lance Braumann.

Meanwhile, Derval O'Rourke finished behind Turkey's European champion Yanit Nevin again when both women finished well down the field at the Weltklasse Diamond League meeting in Zurich last night.

O'Rourke, running for the first time since taking silver in the European Championships, finished seventh in 13 seconds flat, immediately behind Nevin (12.94) in a race won by Canada's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep in 12.53.

In his second Diamond League race in a week, David Gillick fared less well, finishing last in the 400m in 46.05 which was won by America's Jeremy Wariner in 44.13, the fastest time in the world this season.

Irish Independent

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