Sunday, August 5, 2012

Former Washington Husky Ingvill Måkestad Bovin's Olympic hopes dashed by Achilles injury...

LONDON--The tweet from her page said it all:

"This is how a torn achilles looks like! I'm ‪#HEARTBROKEN‬ Withdrawing from tomorrows 1500m ‪#london2012‬"

Along with a photo she took of her swollen right foot and Achilles tendon, former University of Washington standout Ingvill Måkestad Bovin announced Sunday that she will not toe the line for Monday morning's 1500 meter preliminaries at Olympic Stadium.

She was scheduled to run in the second of three heats, starting at noon, London time (4:00 am in Seattle).

The former Husky, who finished sixth at last year's world championships in Daegu, had a bad outing at the European Championships in Helsinki in late June, where she was 11th in 4:13.32, but rebounded shortly afterwards by running 4:03.71 at the Paris Diamond League meeting on July 7th, just off her PR of 4:02.20.

In a report posted on Norwegian web site on Saturday, she told them that she was going to test her right Achilles tendon on Sunday to determine whether or not she could start.

She injured herself in one of the final workouts in Norway before leaving for London. According to her coach, Knut Jaeger Hansen, he noticed nothing unusual that happened in that final workout in Norway.

In the Saturday interview with NRK, she said that, " It is simply an inflammation. I have kept quiet, and I know I've done everything I need to do".

Here are links to the two stories--the first link is to her interview with them on Saturday, and the second is the announcement that she will not compete (Google Translate will give you a rough translation of the stories).

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