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Sally Pearson off to Germany for Achilles check

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Australian Olympic hurdler and defending champion Sally Pearson off to Germany for Achilles check

By Ryan Keen
Gold Coast Bulletin
March 7, 2016


AUSTRALIAN golden girl Sally Pearson has made a desperate dash to Germany to manage an ongoing Achilles problem.

Pearson, 29, has been pencilled in as one of Australia’s top medal chances at the Rio Olympics but doubts surround her fitness five months out from the event.

The Gold Coaster has gone to Germany with her physio plus husband Kieran to seek a specialist’s assessment of the mystery flare up.

It adds to a horror run of injuries which have impeded Pearson’s training schedule ahead of the Games.

The defending Olympic champion will not return to competition until a month before the Olympics – almost 12 months since she broke her wrist in competition.

It is understood the headstrong 100-metre hurdler researched the German specialist herself before deciding to take the trip.

Sources close to the athlete who has been training on the Gold Coast have told the Bulletin that Athletics Australia were unhappy with Pearson’s decision to seek the advice offshore.

However, Athletics Australia head coach Craig Hilliard denied to the Bulletin that was the case.

“Athletics Australia and our medical team fully support Sally’s decision to make the journey,” he said.

“Undertakings that assist in delivering a high performance outcome are positive.

“Sally is an athlete that will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that she is at her best and that’s how we want our athletes to approach their preparations for Rio.

“Sally is currently seeking advice in Germany on how best to manage her Achilles.

“We’re confident the trip will provide us with an understanding of how she can step up the good training she has been doing so she is ready for the Olympic Games in August, to ensure injury is not a factor.”

Pearson’s long time manager Robert Joske said any suggestion she’d gone offshore for treatment was “way off the mark”.

“She’s in her base training mode for Rio and getting all these various strengthening exercises because of hamstring and calf issues over the past three or four years. She’s going over to make sure what’s she’s doing is correct.

“We’re not leaving any stone unturned to make sure she’s had the best preparation.

“It’s not necessarily the Achilles – it’s the whole package. She’s been getting all the information she needs from the Australian side but just to make sure, we’re just getting another opinion.”

Athletics Australia spokesman Cody Lynch said Pearson left on Friday and he understood the trip would take about a week.

“She has been training on the Gold Coast but isn’t hitting the strides she would want to as the reigning Olympic champion,” Lynch said.

“This is something they are exploring to establish what’s going on and how they can fix it.

“The reason we haven’t made it a public thing is this is an exploratory venture.

“We are across it and just waiting to find out what the final assessment is.”

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