Sally McLellan set to skip early season next year with back injury

SYDNEY — Olympic 100m hurdles silver medallist Sally McLellan is set to skip the early parts of next season as she is still being bothered by a nagging back injury.

Sally McLellan of Australia competing in the women's 100 metres hurdles at the Herculis 2009 meeting in Monaco PHOTO/Kurt Morris
Sally McLellan of Australia competing in the women's 100 metres hurdles at the Herculis 2009 meeting in Monaco PHOTO/Kurt Morris

The Australian who struggled with the injury during this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin, does not expect to start hurdling competitively until the middle of the season.

However, McLellan, who plans to run at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October, has not ruled out competing over the short sprints during the Australian domestic season.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure if I am competing this season, in the Australian domestic season,” McLellan said in the Herald Sun.

“If I am [going to compete then] it will be in the 100m and 200m.

“I will probably know at the end of the month whether I will be able to compete. At the moment I’m just waiting patiently but I definitely won’t be hurdling until much later.”

She explained that the injury that unsettled her in Berlin – finishing 5th after heading into the championships as a strong gold medal favourite – revisited while she was training for the heptathlon in October.

“I was doing some long jump training when it happened all over again,” McLellan said.

“I then went to a sports physician who said pretty much that it meant two months of doing absolutely nothing, not even stretching.

“I was devastated and I ran out of the doctors and burst into tears. I couldn’t believe that. I’m not good with dealing with injuries. Being told I couldn’t do anything really shocked me.”

By Gary Smith and Mark Allen, World-Track

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