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High and low – Ronald Levy

Jamaican sprint hurdler Ronald Levy at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 (Getty Images) © Copyright Jamaican sprint hurdler Ronald Levy at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 (Getty Images) © Copyright
The 2017 season gave Commonwealth 110m hurdles champion Ronald Levy both the highest and lowest moments of his career so far.

High

For many years, I struggled to produce my best form because of injury.

I started out as a 400m hurdler and in 2013 I broke my foot while going over a hurdle. I switched to the 110m hurdles in 2015 but still the injuries came and I struggled to complete a full season.

In 2016 I was performing really well. I ran a personal best of 13.50 but then I hit a hurdle at the Jamaican Invitational and damaged an ankle ligament. It was very painful and for a while I couldn’t put any pressure on my foot. 

My 2017 season was a highlight because I had never competed so deep into the season without injury. I set four PBs in the 110m hurdles (13.41, 13.33, 13.10, 13.05).

The campaign went really well; I ran a windy 13.15 at the UTEC Classic in Kingston before recording 13.10 in Eugene. I qualified for the World Championship team by finishing second at the Jamaican Championships before setting a personal best of 13.05 at the Paris Diamond League. I was in great shape and going for a gold medal at the World Championships in London.

Ronald Levy en route to his upset 110m hurdles victory at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris (Gladys Chai von der Laage)
Ronald Levy en route to his upset 110m hurdles victory at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris (Gladys Chai von der Laage) © Copyright


Low

My low moment came at the World Championships when I suffered a hamstring injury in the heats and failed to finish.

As soon as I pushed out of the blocks, I felt it. I thought I could get some treatment after the race but when I pushed off the trail leg, it felt worse. I had suffered a grade three tear on the hamstring I and I was out for three weeks.

It took a long time to recover from the disappointment and, to be honest, I’m still recovering. I was running really quickly at the time, so for that to happen when it did, I was devastated.

Ronald Levy in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 (Getty Images)
Ronald Levy in the 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 (Getty Images) © Copyright

I felt I was ready to win a medal given the shape I was in. I felt there was no way I couldn’t win a medal. I came back later that season and competed, but the injury continued to bother me. I had to realise that these things happen in track and field; I also needed to learn from them.

Now I know what I need to put in place to stay healthy. What I learned in 2017 is now guiding me through the 2018 season.

  • Countries: Jamaica

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