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Tanith’s injury woes

The IAAF World Athletics Championships get underway with the women’s marathon on Saturday and already there’s been a setback for Team South Africa.

That’s because one of our top marathon runners, Tanith Maxwell, was unable to travel with the team to Daegu, South Korea due to a foot injury, writes Mark Etheridge.

Maxwell was one of three marathoners hoping to feature in the women’s team category along with Rene Kalmer and Annerien van Schalkwyk.

With a personal best of 2hr 32min 33sec run at the Berlin Marathon last week, Maxwell has the fastest time of the trio.

But the Boxer Athletic Club runner explained to Road to London 2012 this week that there was just no way she could have headed east. “I’ve had an ongoing injury which has been with me since the SA half-marathon championships [she was fourth woman in 75:26]. I wasn’t able to maintain the marathon training load with the problem and my racing times were reflecting that!”

No stranger to World Athletics Championships, this would have been the KwaZulu-Natal athlete’s third championships, having run 3:14:56 (54th) in Osaka (2007) and 2:41:58 in Berlin two years ago for 45th. But her Berlin run showed that she’s stepped up a gear since then.

“The discomfort was too much in a 10km and so I knew that to line up for a marathon would be stupid! I had scans done in Cape Town and will need to have surgery to the foot if the problem persists. It’s a huge blow and especially with the prospect of a woman’s marathon team in Daegu.

“Now I’m just hoping to put this behind me as quickly as possible and get back into training sooner than later!”