Sinclair a doubt for national trials
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Standout Jamaican 800m athlete Kenia Sinclair is now a doubt for the upcoming Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships and the rest of the season after the effects of a car accident forced her to pull up while competing at a meet in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Sinclair, now in Toronto, Canada, suffered back and neck spasms and will be seeking medical advice when she returns to her Florida base tomorrow. Test results of which will show the real extent of the damage suffered and determine whether or not she will need to skip the June 20-23 senior championships, which will help select Jamaica's team to the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
The 33 year-old, who also endured serious injury last season resulting in her withdrawal from the Olympic Games, said she is extremely disappointed with the latest setback, having worked tirelessly to return to competition after last year's troubles.
back on the radar
"For me, this year was a year of trying to get back on the radar and compete the way I used to. Last year I was battling so many injuries, and coming into this year, I took care of my rehab and my number one priority was being healthy, and I think I was very successful with that," Sinclair told The Gleaner.
"I was heading to training when I had the car accident in Orlando. When it first happened, I guess because of the shock of the moment, I didn't think it was anything too serious. When I went to the hospital they just wanted to know if I was in pain, but at the time I wasn't feeling any pain. I got some muscle relaxers and painkillers nonetheless, but afterwards, a couple days later, I started feeling the pain," Sinclair shared.
Sinclair, a finalist at the Olympics and World Championships, explained that she thought she was in a good enough condition to compete in Halifax, but will now await the results of the medical tests to determine her next move.
Sinclair, Jamaica's national record holder in the 800m with a time of 1:57.88 set in 2006, could seek a medical exemption for the senior championships from the JAAA if her condition does not improve in time.