Former World Youth champion bouncing back after injury

May 13, 2017
Yanique Thompson of GC Foster College (left) moves away from Shimayra Williams of UTech to win the women's 100 metre hurdles at the NCB Intercol Track and Field Championship at the National Stadium on Saturday April 8,2017.

Persistent injuries have jeopardised the promising athletics career of 2013 World Youth Champion hurdler Yanique Thompson. Despite those troubles, the G.C. Foster College student-athlete is slowly getting back on track. Now, with some encouraging wins under her belt, Thompson is smiling again.

The former Holmwood Technical High School star was beaming after her 100-metre hurdles win at last Saturday's JAAA All Comers meet held inside the National Stadium.

"I'm feeling great apart from the injuries and stuff. It's good to be back on track, trying to run myself back in some form."

Her improved form has brought her the 2017 Inter-Collegiate 100 metre hurdles title and a new career best of 13.13 seconds.

Thompson, however, isn't getting ahead of herself.

"This year, I'm just focusing on me-just to better my times each time I run. So, it's not to have that goal that I'll have to make the Trials or something like that," the Spanish Town native said.

"It's just to get back myself in form, because as you know, I've been out for almost four years, so it's just basically working back my way to the top."

A bothersome knee injury has been the problem.

"Sometimes I cannot hurdle. Sometimes when I hurdle, it hurts, so I have to try and be patient with it."

The remedial work includes strengthening her legs so the pounding hurdlers experience isn't borne as much by the knee.

Thompson is one of the most successful sprint hurdlers in Boys and Girls' Championships history, with wins in classes two, three, and four and a Carifta Games Under-20 title from 2015.

The Maurice Wilson-coached speedball has high hopes for the future.

"When I'm over my injuries, build my confidence and everything, I don't know, I'm just going to continue to do great things," she hoped.

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