Capital athletics hero Lynsey Sharp could be back running next week and back in full training by the end of the month after making a miraculous recovery from the ankle injury which had plagued her all year.
Speaking from her Loughborough training base, the 24-year-old 800 metres double Commonwealth Games and European silver medallist said: “This week I was meant to go in for the third surgery on my foot but, by some miracle over the last few weeks, my body has finally decided to co-operate and the wound has almost healed itself.
“I won’t require surgery any more and I’ll be able to start winter training three months earlier.”
The Edinburgh AC star, who lowered Susan Scott’s long-standing Scottish record to 1:58.80 at the Zurich Diamond League meeting in August and in the process gained revenge on Commonwealth champion Eunice Sum of Kenya, will clearly be a force to be reckoned with in the World Championships in Beijeng next year.
But she would have been at a considerable disadvantage if she had not been able to resume her winter training until the New Year. Sharp had suffered discomfort and inconvenience from the open wound on her ankle which surgeons had decided to leave till the end of the season rather than risk further infection.
“We had to keep it open by stuffing it with silver dressings and we had a pump thing to clean it out at night but towards the end of the season it was closing by itself and a couple of times I had to get them to open it,” said Sharp.
But when she went for her latest check there was no trace of any infection: “It was amazing – the wound was clear. The plan was to have the surgery done there and then and leave it for three months.
“I’ve already had two weeks of complete rest and next week I can start some light running – all in all it’s a miracle.
“I’d have been starting out from scratch in January so everything is a bonus.”
If all goes well, Sharp may go to see her Boston-based coach Terrence Mahon next month to discuss next year’s schedule.