Raymond Brown was brought to tears yesterday morning after he was forced to withdraw from the men's shot put qualifiers here at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, after tearing a tendon in his right arm during training on Monday afternoon.
The situation worsened for the G.C. Foster College man as he warmed up for the qualifiers before a subsequent ultrasound confirmed a musculotendinous injury.
It was a turn of events that proved too much for Brown, who told The Gleaner that he has been struggling to deal with the setback, in what was supposed to be his first appearance at the World Championships.
"I am extremely disappointed to have worked so hard for 11 months and then come here and not be able to compete. I am going to be honest with you, as a big man, I cried this morning, it really hurts," said Brown, who has a personal best of 21.13m.
Team doctor Derrick McDowell confirmed the situation and noted that pulling out of the competition was the only advisable option for the young thrower, given the risks involved.
"Raymond (Brown) injured himself on Monday afternoon in the warm-up area, after releasing the shot put, he felt a sharp pain in the middle of his forearm and he started to have pain and swelling," said McDowell.
"We started preliminary treatment; icing and anti-inflammatory and it settled down quite well and he was coming on fairly well, but this (yesterday) morning, during his warm-up throws, he started feeling a pull in the area and we thought that to be absolutely safe, he should withdraw," he added. "We .... did an ultrasound on him and found out he had a Grade One musculotendinous injury of the superficial flexor."
McDowell added that Brown is facing a three-month layoff but that it would have been worst had he pushed to compete despite the injury.
- André Lowe