Following another injury in a career that has certainly had its share of setbacks, Anthonique Strachan said she is not discouraged at all and will now focus on getting healthy and in shape for a run at next year’s Olympic Games.
The once promising junior, a former double sprint world junior champion, said she’ll handle this latest injury one step at a time. She suffered a grade two hamstring tear in the women’s 200 meters (m) semifinals of the 17th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships, on Tuesday. The global meet, dominated by the United States, closed out on Sunday at the Khalifa International Stadium, in Doha, Qatar.
Strachan had gotten through the opening rounds of the women’s 200m in 22.86 seconds. She was looking to improve on that time in the semis but about 30 meters from the finish line, she pulled up and hobbled to the finish.
She was having a progressive season, recording a number of sub-23 second races. With a season’s best time of 22.81 seconds, she had recorded her fastest time since the 2015 season and appeared to be gradually getting back to the form that she showed as a junior.
Strachan has personal best times of 11.20 seconds in the 100m and 22.32 seconds in the 200m but they were done in the 2012 and 2013 seasons respectively.
Strachan is currently undergoing treatment and will begin a rehabilitation process in short order. She is expected to rehab for at least six weeks, before going for re-evaluation and then hopefully stepping back on the track.
She said she is not deterred from her goals at all.
“I’m feeling pretty good. At first I was a little down about the situation after working so hard to stay healthy all year, but I’m encouraged,” said Strachan. “It’s disappointing because just when I was going well an injury came up. I wasn’t listening 100 percent to my body. My body was letting me know that I was under stress but I just kept going and going. I’m getting a lot of treatment right now and I have no doubt that I will be able to bounce back.”
Strachan finished 23rd overall in the women’s 200m, crossing the finish line in 25.44 seconds. She was helped off the track and then transported to the medical room at the stadium. The following day she went to Aspetar Hospital, the first of its kind in the Gulf region, and what is regarded as the world’s leading specialized orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital. A number of wold-class athletes, in various sports, including Olympic and now former world champion heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam, of Belgium, have been treated and underwent recovery at Aspetar.
Strachan had an ultrasound scan on her right hamstring to confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent of the injury. She was discharged the same day and will now begin the long road to recovery.
Strachan, who trains out of Kingston, Jamaica at the Maximizing Velocity & Power Track & Field Club under the watchful eyes of world renowned speed coach Stephen Francis, said she will take some time off before returning to that island nation.
Her spirits remain high and she is now looking forward to qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games which is set for July 24 to August 9, in Tokyo, Japan.
The qualifying times for next year’s Olympics are very stringent. The 26-year-old Bahamian track athlete would have to run 11.15 seconds or faster in the 100m and 22.80 seconds or faster in the 200m in order to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games.