Meadows ruled out for rest of 2013 with stress fracture

05 June 2013 / 11:18

Jenny Meadows is refusing to throw in the towel despite announcing that she will miss the rest of the 2013 season through injury.

The 32-year-old raced just once last season as she battled with an Achilles injury, meaning she missed out on a spot at the London Olympics.

But Meadows looked to be back on track earlier this year when she finished fourth in the 800m at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in March.

However her injury nightmare has struck again and the 2009 World bronze medallist will sit out the rest of the year with a stress fracture in her femur.

“This has obviously come as a shock as I had a full season of races planned and coming off the indoor season we were just so positive,” Meadows said.

“Training was going so well, and my times were indicating I could compete for a medal in Moscow and set a career best time this season.

“It feels especially cruel on the back of the heartache of missing last year’s Games and then getting myself back to such great shape. 

“But whereas last year it went right to the wire, at least I have a bit more time to get my head around it this season.

“I won’t disappear off the scene, I’ll be the loudest supporter of the British team this year and I’m looking forward to seeing my friends and team-mates compete in Gateshead and Moscow.

“As for my plans, I will work with the UKA medical staff to overcome this and get back to competition in 2014.

“There is the lure of three potential medals to keep me motivated at the world indoors, European Championships and Commonwealth Games. I’ve shown I can get back before and I will do so again.”

Meanwhile, Lynsey Sharp is now officially able to call herself a European champion after the 800m silver medal she won in Helsinki last year was formally upgraded to a gold.

The 22-year-old Scot finished second behind Yelena Arzhakova but the Russian has since been banned for two years for doping meaning Sharp has been upgraded to the winner.

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