Athletics: Derval O’Rourke hopeful for Olympics

Updated: July 9, 2012

Derval O’Rourke is hopeful that she will after all be fit enough not only to take part in the London Games but also to compete in the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on Saturday, an event which we will cover here on SportsNewsIreland.

In her blog, Derval has this to say of the incident which forced her to withdraw from yesterday’s 100m Hurdles final at Santry when she was seeking a record 10th win. Late last night she posted this update on her ‘injury’:

“ I was supposed to run the nationals today. Unfortunately I didn’t run. I raced in Loughborough yesterday and flew back last night. For those of you who know me well you know that I’ve had a back problem for years (I like to be dramatic and call it my broken back!) I have an issue with one of my vertebrae. I don’t see the point in going on about it because it’s part of what you do in high performance sport you deal with injuries. I don’t know any world class athlete that doesn’t have some ongoing issues, I’ve learnt that the best people deal with what they have and I chose to look at all the good things that my body does do rather than focus on the odd bad things. Anyway I digress….

I got home last night and felt stiff and tired after two races on a cold, rainy day in Loughborough. When I warmed up today I just wasn’t feeling great. I was actually moving pretty fast but was stiff in a few places. This made me a little worried especially as my Achilles and groin were both stiff. Sean was with me and decided if I was stiff running then it would be worse hurdling so off I went to see the physio. Paul is the physio and he has seen me many, many times. He had a good look and did loads of work (basically beat the crap out of me!!!). He reckons that my back had gotten quite tight, maybe from racing and a couple of hours later getting on a flight.

The plan is to take some anti-inflammatories, have a few ice baths and let everything settle. After I saw the physio I was feeling quite sad and upset at not running, I really do like to run nationals.

It’s no major drama and I have a physio check up in the morning. The plan is to race next Saturday”.

That sounds like good news for Derval’s legion of admirers and for Irish athletics but no doubt all will be further assured once the results of Monday’s tests are available.

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