Tavengwa on the sidelines

A myriad of injuries have scuttled long distance athlete Sharon Tavengwa’s return to the track after a two-year absence.

Sharon Tavengwa
Sharon Tavengwa

The Chirumanzu-born runner, who represented her country at the last Olympics, recently resumed her career recently with a number of races in neighbouring South Africa but said injury had struck again.

“My knee is not well yet and I do feel some pains. Nonetheless, it is not as painful as it was in 2012. I am not yet strong for big races. I need some few months to be back to my top level. In addition, I am facing so many challenges and more pains not only in the knee but my toe and hamstrings,” the 32-year-old told The Zimbabwean who recently finished a lowly 13th in the Gauteng Marathon is South Africa.

The past two years have been frustrating for the veteran athlete as incessant injury stalled her progress. Because of knee and hip problems, she finished a lowly sixth in the French Marathon in November 2012.

It is the last competition she took part in before taking a lengthy break. Prior to the setback, she picked up a virus while competing in an event in Morocco. The infection kept her out for three months.

Her injury woes returned to haunt her as she wobbled out of the 2012 Olympic Marathon at the 27-kilometre mark after she aggravated the niggling injury. She underwent surgery, shortly after she gave birth by Caesarean late last year to correct the recurrent knee problem.

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