ESLIN’s Laura Reynolds suffered heartbreak last weekend when the Mohill Athletic Club race-walker was forced to pull out of the European Under 23 Track & Field championships in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
Laura, who revealed that she had been receiving treatment for a troublesome shin injury in last week’s Leitrim Observer, was due to compete in this Sunday’s Women’s 20km Walk in Ostrava but the DCU student was forced to pull out of the championships despite intensive physiotheraphy treatment over the last few weeks.
“I’ve had the injury for the last month or so, so to miss the Europeans is disappointing,” Laura told the Observer, “I thought it wasn’t too serious until it kept coming back at me in cycles and it was disrupting my training. I had to take a week off last week because of the problem and when I went back to do some more training the injury came back with me.”
Laura had been due to travel out yesterday (Tuesday) with coach and fellow Leitrim international walker Colin Griffin and was targetting a top six finish after finishing 15th in the last championships.
However, Laura said that she is still on course to make August’s World Student Games in Shenzhen, China which take place in 4 weeks time - “I’ll continue to receive physiotherapy in Dublin and hopefully I can shake off the injury when the time comes to travelling to China.”