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Juan on track for London

By Mark Etheridge

There’s good news for 2008 Beijing Olympics 1500-metre track finalist Juan van Deventer.

After his 2011 season looked set to have been mowed down almost before it had begun the prognosis is looking up.

Van Deventer was hit by a car while training near Ruimsig on the West Rand on May 11. Initially it was feared that the damage to his knee would mean his dreams of going to next year’s Olympics in London were over.

But Van Deventer told Road to London 2012 on Wednesday that it was not all doom and gloom. “I had the operation 11 days ago and the good news was that there was no cartilage damage to the knee. The patella was displaced so they’ve had to insert two screws.”

There’s no doubting that the process of rehabilitation is going to be a long and hard one but something that a hardy athlete like Van Deventer will be able to take in his stride.

“The doctors haven’t given me an exact time as to when I can start running. I’ll have to go for regular x-rays to see how the bone is healing, but it won’t be anytime soon.

“The rehab is quite aggressive but it’s the only way I’ll make a full recovery.”

But the good side of all the rehab is that the London dream is not lost. ‘I’ll have enough time to get fully fit for London next year,” he said.


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