Asong progress curtailed by injury
CLOVIS Asong admits that a long standing knee injury has frustrated his hopes of breaking onto the world stage.
At the start of the season the 400m runner was targeting a place in the IAAF World Junior Championships, staged in Barcelona in July, but knee problems forced him to pull out of qualifying events.
He was suffering with a tendon disease, and will be too old to participate in the next World Junior Championships held in Eugene in 2014.
"I started this season with hope but when I got going my knee kept getting in the way," said Asong.
"I'm frustrated, I wanted to run a lot more than I have."
The 17-year-old former Our Lady's Sports College student, who is part of the Spar Sprint Stars Programme, has suffered with his knee problem for the past three seasons and says it got particularly bad at the end of last year.
The Sale Harrier has been unable to improve on his personal best of 46.74 seconds, set at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Trabzon last year.
His best time so far this year is 47.25, set at the Aviva English School's Championships in Gateshead in July, more than half a second slower than his personal best.
Asong admits that he is unsure what awaits him in the future. He remains focused on getting back on the track but, despite spending a lot of time doing physio, is unsurewhen he will be fully fit.
Participation in the indoor season is uncertain, as is a place in the 2013 European Athletics Junior Championships, held in Italy next July.
Reflecting on his season, Asong said: "I really wanted to run more but when I did, I didn't get the results I need.
"Over the years I've had a lot of problems but they've got worse.
"I've spent a lot of time doing physio, rehab and seeing doctors but I think the best thing to do is take it easy right now.
"When my knee gets better, I will start running again, but I don't know when that will be."
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