Aldama shrugs off shoulder injury ahead of Olympics
PUBLISHED: 12:09 18 July 2012
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Wembley triple jumper Yamilé Aldama insists she will be ready for the Olympics despite competing with an injured shoulder at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 39-year-old world indoor champion forced her way through the pain barrier, with her right shoulder heavily taped up as she finished third in the London Grand Prix.
Aldama’s fifth-round effort of 14.37m into a stiff headwind was enough to secure third place behind Colombia’s Catherine Ibarguen (14.66m) and world outdoor champion Olha Saladukh of Ukraine (14.48m).
It was the Team GB athlete’s first outing since she sustained the injury in May, at a Diamond League meeting in Rome, and she altered her landing technique to prevent further damage to the shoulder.
“The shoulder allowed me to do some jumping, so I’m happy,” said Aldama. “It’s the first time I’ve competed since the injury, so I’ve got to make sure that nothing happens to my shoulder.
“I haven’t been able to do any full approach running in training – it’s not easy but I’ll get it right.
“I need to get my rhythm back. I haven’t been able to do some run-ups in training but physically and mentally I’m ready for the Games.”
The Cuban-born star will jump in her final pre-Olympic warm-up event in Monaco tomorrow night.
Meanwhile, Neasden athlete Marilyn Okoro says she will not be hanging up her spikes, despite considering quitting the sport after her controversial snub for an Olympic 800m spot.
The 27-year-old British number one clocked the A standard qualifying time on six occasions during the last year, but was overlooked by GB selectors in favour of third-ranked Lynsey Sharp.
But Okoro, who finished fourth in the 800m at Crystal Palace with a time of 2:01.32, plans to concentrate on her role in the 4x400m relay team at London 2012 instead.
She said: “I’m really disappointed – not in my sport but in my federation. There’s a lot of stuff I don’t want to be mixed up in.
“There has been so much inconsistency with the selections. I was absolutely appalled when I got my appeal rejected and obviously it was all in the height of the emotion.
“But I’m still here and I’ve got so many races to do, I can’t quit now. My focus is now the 4x400m – I am still going to get an Olympic chance in London and I have to build on that.”
Okoro smashed the rarely-contested UK 600m record, previously held by Dame Kelly Holmes, with a time of 1:24.36 in Belgium last week.
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