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Sinclair gets set for 'comeback, two good years'

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Kenia Sinclair

Plagued by injuries, 10-time national champion Kenia Sinclair has only competed in four 800-metre races since 2012.

However, the 34-year-old is not ready to pull the plug on her career just yet, as she continues to work her way back to the track with the hope of a return next season.

Sinclair, a finalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as well as the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, has had her fair share of injuries over the years and finds herself struggling to shake a back problem that kept her out of contention for last year's World Championships in Moscow.

The athlete told The Gleaner yesterday that though it has been a constant mental and physical struggle, she is determined to continue her career and set 2015 as her comeback year.

"I will be back, 2015 for sure, I will be back for sure," Sinclair said from her home in Gainesville, Florida, yesterday. "I am just working hard, holding the faith; and I know that with God all things are possible, and I'm just remaining positive. I know that once my injuries calm down, I will be back on the track next year.

"I think my main issue is struggling with the injuries that I have, and it's still there, but it's just about getting over the injury itself, as well as the mental part. I'm still dealing with injury, and I'm in the process of getting over it, but the mental part is so hard to get over," Sinclair said.

"I do respect the Common-wealth Games, and I have great appreciation for the Common-wealth Games. But I figured I'm getting old, and I will turn 34 this year, so I figured I will try to heal up this year and come back and give two good years," added Sinclair. "Going to three Olympics is one of my goals, and so I had to ask myself if I should risk it this year or just figure out the year and take my time and heal properly."

painful experience

Sinclair won six of her 11 meets on the circuit in 2011 in one of her best years and has a personal best of 1:57.88. She says watching from the sidelines has been a painful experience.

"Sitting out the year and watching the track meets at home was so heartbreaking for me. When you have a passion for the sport and love the sport as much as I do, every event that you see is just really painful when you know you can't compete," said Sinclair. "When I was home and I watched even the World Relays in The Bahamas and saw that Jamaica had a 4x800m team there without me, I felt happy to see that Jamaica was finally acknowledging distant running, but I was saddened that I wasn't a part of it, even though I was so happy for the girls."