Henry looks for in­jury so­lu­tion

Athletics Weekly - - News -

FOR De­siree Henry, vic­tory at the Great North Ci­tyGames was even more spe­cial as it came at the end of what has proven to be a chal­leng­ing sea­son for the sprinter, writes Jes­sica Whittington.

The 22-year-old formed part of GB’s world sil­ver medal-win­ning 4x100m team at the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don, where she also reached the semi-fi­nals of the 100m, and her 11.09 from April has re­mained the UK lead dur­ing the sum­mer. But Henry has been man­ag­ing knee pain through­out and is now con­sid­er­ing her op­tions in or­der to get the prob­lem sorted long-term.

“This year was ex­tremely hard in terms of man­ag­ing my pain,” ex­plains the Rana Rei­der-coached ath­lete.

“I think in a few weeks I’ll have to talk to my coach and the head of Bri­tish Ath­let­ics and surgery may be one of the op­tions, be­cause this year has been ex­tremely hard.

“I have two cysts be­hind my knees, they are small lit­tle nod­ules,” she adds. “They hurt ev­ery time I straighten or push off and that is pretty much cru­cial in the first 10 to 15 me­tres of a sprint! You may have no­ticed this year I haven’t been able to get out as hard.

“Given that it was the World Cham­pi­onships this year, I didn’t want to miss it but I didn’t want to be self­ish – I knew it was an in­jury that I could push through if I needed to and I was able to do that. We got a sil­ver medal so I know I didn’t com­pro­mise the team at that point. So now it’s about fo­cus­ing on my­self and get­ting my­self fit and strong and healthy for years to come.”

Speak­ing af­ter her 100m win on the Gateshead Quay­side, where she clocked 11.61 (-1.4), Henry added: “For me to come here to­day and have some fun, it’s just what I needed go­ing into what could be a big surgery.”

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