By Mark Etheridge
Star athlete Tumelo Thagane won’t be part of Team South Africa’s medal challenge at next month’s Commonwealth Games in India.
The national triple-jump champion confirmed on Tuesday that injury had laid him low. Thagane was named as part of an 11-strong track and field contingent for the New Delhi competition, one of seven athletes to compete in the field events.
“It’s unfortunate but I’m currently still injured and won’t be making the trip. The injury is hindering me so that I just can’t train to my full potential.”
Thagane, based in Potchefstroom where he’s studying the Science of Human Movemen is hoping that he won’t need to undergo an operation. He made his IAAF Diamond League debut in Doha, Qatar in May this year, boasts a best of 17.09 metres and is a huge talent.
“It’s an anterolateral impingement on my left ankle that’s the problem. That’s also my jumping leg which doesn’t help. I had the injury since May already but I went with it to African champs in Nairobi but it just got worse.:
Frustrating for the 26-year-old is the fact that he is able to do some training. “I can train for the sprints and gym part of my programme but I can’t do my plyometric stuff.
“The doctor says I must do rehabilitation work but if it gets worse then I may need an operation.”