Bloomfield out of World Juniors
Jamaica's team to the IAAF World Junior Championships has suffered a big setback four days before the athletes depart for Bydgoszcz, Poland.
National junior 400 metres record holder, Kingston College's Akeem Bloomfield, is out with an injury.
Head coach of the team, Danny Hawthorne, revealed to The Sunday Gleaner that Bloomfield has a calf injury.
Members of the team were involved in a time trial at G.C. Foster College yesterday, where the team has been in camp for the past six days.
"At present, we are having a time trial to test the fitness level and the competitiveness of the athletes, and Akeem has not shown up for his event. Yesterday (Friday) in training, we realised that Akeem had an issue and I spoke to him and he said he had a calf injury. I asked him if he was able to participate in the time trial and he said he could not because of the nature of the injury and because of this, we can safely say that Akeem is out," Hawthorne said.
"It is very good that we are having a training camp prior to the team's departure as, in the past, athletes have turned up for these meets with injuries. It is a big setback as his absence will affect the team in the relays. We are hoping to find a replacement for him," Hawthorne added.
However, manager of the team Ewan Scott later stated that there will be no replacement.
"We are not going that route. We will have to go with 39 athletes," Scott said.