Tokyo 2020 - Aisha Praught Leer to compete in 1500m despite tearing 'meniscus off the bone' in 'freak accident'
Jamaican runner Aisha Praught Leer says she will line up at Tokyo 2020 for the 1500m despite suffering a 'freak accident' just days before the start of the Games. Praught-Leer has been told she needs surgery on her knee after tearing her meniscus, but remarkably she plans to run. "I will line up in Tokyo. I’ll get the fluid drained from my knee and get a cortisone injection," she said.
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“I hate that I have to tell you this,” she said on social media.
“I tore my meniscus (a complete, off the bone root tear) on Sunday at training - a freak, shocking accident. I heard and felt a painful pop doing a drill, but then proceeded to do one of the best workouts of my life.
“On Wednesday I got an MRI, then sat in quiet disbelief with Joe Bosshard as the doctor told us I need surgery ASAP.
I will line up in Tokyo. When I arrive I’ll get the fluid drained from my knee and get a cortisone injection (this is legal, and my surgeon understands and supports me in this).
“I want to keep believing in the possibility of achieving the wild dreams I store deep in my heart. The reality is they will not happen in Tokyo - running to my ability is simply not possible on a knee without stability. This is the most challenging reality I have faced in my career.
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“We did nothing wrong. As I said, this was a freak accident. But now all of my silent work, the beautiful, hard-earned fitness, does not have a chance to see the light of day. The triumph I have visualized so vividly is - poof - gone in one step.
“I understand this is sport - just sport. I know the truth that I am more than an athlete. But this sport means everything to me. This is my life’s work, my purpose and my first true love. I am heartbroken.