Injured Place: Bermuda can still get sprint medals
Jeneko Place believes Bermuda can still earn a place on the podium in the Under 20 boys sprint events in his absence at the Carifta Games.
The 18-year-old sprinter was forced to withdraw from the regional event at the 11th hour after aggravating a hamstring injury during warm ups at the track yesterday.
Place, who won two silver medals at the 2010 Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands, had been scheduled to compete in the Under 20 boys 100 and 200 meters events.
Coming in to replace the injured athlete is Scott Clarke who will team up with Kyle Webb.
Place reckons the two men have what it takes to stand on the podium.
“Scott is my training partner and he is pretty good,” Place told The Royal Gazette. “We looked very good yesterday when we were doing the starting blocks and I think we can still possibly medal.”
Place strained his hamstring during the Telford Mile before his condition went from bad to worse during Carifta trials.
“It was more like a strain at the Telford Mile and then I built it back up,” he said. “But when I did the trials that's when I suffered a little tear in the tendon and that's when it really started bothering me.”
Ultimately, the decision was made to withdraw from the Carifta Games while warming up at the track on the eve of the start of this year's event at the National Sports Centre.
“When I tried to warm up at the track I started to feel it so I shut it down,” Place said. “I am disappointed but the CAC and World Youth Championships are still coming around and most of the people here at Carifta will be at the same event so I will be all right.”
The promising sprinter is now determined to make a contribution to Bermuda's cause by supporting his team mates from the sidelines.
“My main thing now is to help my team mates because I can't run,” Place said. “I will just help everyone and give them whatever they need in terms of support to help them out in the races.”
Commenting on Place's injury ordeal, Bermuda coach Brian Wellman said: “We had to withdraw Jeneko from the event due to the fact his injury was preventing him from performing to the level which he needs to perform at.
“Obviously he will be greatly missed but we have other talented athletes who are ready to go.”