A late withdrawal from the recent IAAF World Athletics Championships, Andr├® Olivier, our foremost 800-metre athlete, will be up and running again in six weeks’ time.
ZCMC reports that he went for an MRI scan after having to withdraw from the Moscow event the day before he was scheduled to compete.
ÔÇ£The results of the scan contained good news as well as bad news. The bad news was that I had sustained a stress fracture in my left foot, and the good news was that it is a very common injury. I have to wear a moon boot for the next four weeks and afterwards I have to undergo two weeks of rehabilitation. Hopefully I will then be able to run again.ÔÇØ
Potchefstroom based Olivier says he doesn’t know why he is prone to stress fractures. Two years ago he had a stress fracture in his right foot.
ÔÇ£I think my injuries are the result of a number of different factors. I am concerned about the surface of the track in Potchefstroom where I do most of my training. It is very hard and in dire need of repairs. I know that negotiations with the provincial government to upgrade the track surface are in process.
ÔÇ£It will be great if that is done. I know that some of the international athletes, who regularly come to train at Potchefstroom during December, said that they will have to reconsider if something is not done about the track.ÔÇØ
Olivier is quite philosophical about his injury. ÔÇ£I just seem to have bad luck when it comes to the World Championships. In 2009 I was injured, in 2011 I was recuperating from an injury and now I am injured again.
ÔÇ£But, luckily, I am still young and I guess I just have to be patient. Hopefully I will still get an opportunity to compete at a World Championships.
ÔÇ£Actually I cannot really complain about the way my season played out. At least I was able to compete in Europe where I managed to achieve a number of good results, proving to myself that I am good enough to run against the world’s best.ÔÇØ
Olivier is also planning to compete indoors for the first time. ÔÇ£I have discussed this possibility with my coach, Jean Verster. We decided that, seeing that I have to run anyway, why not go for a new challenge and do it indoors.
ÔÇ£I am not planning to compete in many indoor events. If everything goes according to plan, I will compete once before the Indoor World Championships in Poland (7-9 March) to qualify for the 800m.
ÔÇ£I have heard that smaller athletes are better suited for running indoors because of the shorter track and sharper corners. But I have also heard that indoor racing can become a quite physical affair. If that is the case, the fact that I am slightly taller and heavier might give me an advantage, because I can physically dominate my rivals.ÔÇØ