Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Wright targets C’wealth comeback

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He’s down but definitely not out.

Bajan triathlete Matthew Wright still has his sights set on the Gold Coast, saying that a recent injury shouldn’t stop him from contesting April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Wright made the assertion days after needing surgery to repair a fractured left elbow that kept him out of today’s CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and Central American and Caribbean Championships on the Spring Garden Highway.

“It’s just to be patient and let the elbow heal properly. So the next week will really tell us how serious it is in terms of range of motion, because, talking to some swim coaches, they say you need to get as close to 100 per cent as possible . . . when we’re putting so much force through our arms,” he explained.

 

Out of pool

 

“That’s the only unknown really, but we’re hoping it’s not too much of a setback at all. From next week I should be able to run. The doctor says I can’t get it wet until two and a half to three weeks, so I will be out of the pool for a while.

“I just have to see how the range of motion will be affected in my elbow. But because of the plate and the screws, he was saying the structure is going to be very stable, so once the inflammation settles down then I will be able to do a lot with it.

“I don’t have to baby it and wait for it to fully fuse back together, and I was quite fit when this happened, luckily, as I was in a big training block. So the aim is now to try to hold on to fitness,” Wright added.

 

Training accident

 

The injury serves as an unfortunate setback for the former CARIFTA gold medallist, who enjoyed a successful 2017 season featuring two top ten finishes, including an eighth-place showing at the Salinas World Cup in Ecuador.

And he looked set to contend for a podium position in today’s event while riding alongside top Bajan triathlete and Olympian Jason Wilson.

But Wright had to get surgery last week after hitting a raised manhole cover and completely fracturing his left elbow during a training stint with Wilson, overseas-based pro rider Joshua Kelly and road race champ Gregory Vanderpool.

“I am absolutely gutted that I’m not competing at home because training was going so well. I have never been this consistent and this fit at this time of year. I had really high hopes for this race,” said Wright.

“Luckily, my coach was down here and he was able to look at the bigger picture. It’s just a blip in our bigger goal of Tokyo 2020 and Olympic qualification starts in May, so it’s not massive in the grand scheme of things at all.

“I’m just looking to be on the start line for the Commonwealth Games. I’ll be racing the Olympic gold, silver and bronze medallists there, so it will be a tough test when I’m not 100 per cent prepared but we’ve set a date in the week of March 18 to make a call to see if I am in good enough shape where I can be competitive because I don’t want to travel to the other side of the world to just run,” he added. (JM)

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