Athlete Thomas Chamney has announced that he has been forced to abandon any hopes of racing during the 2011 season. The 27 year-old Clonmel man has had an injury ravaged campaign. This included severe tendon damage to both his groins that led to his withdrawal from the indoor season. He was then forced to undergo surgery in April for bilateral sports hernia.
Thomas’ progress since his surgery has been much slower than anticipated by his doctors and surgeon and a return to race fitness has not been possible.
Hopes had remained that he could return to race at the Woodies DIY Senior National Championships earlier this month in Santry, where he had his sights set on equalling the great Noel Carroll’s record of 5 national titles for the 800 metres, but his lack of preparation prevented this.
Thomas’ focus will now be on returning for the 2012 season. As Ireland’s third fastest 800m runner in history, he has high expectations of qualifying for his second Olympic Games in both the 800m and 1500m.
“It’s been an extremely challenging year for me, one that has seen me go from injury to illness to injury and back again. It’s very unfortunate that the pre-Olympic year has been a wipeout but this is the nature of sport and when tough questions are asked, like the ones I’ve faced this year, it’s about coming up with the answers. This experience has motivated me to come back stronger and faster then before, and for that I can only be grateful”, says the son of John and Josephine Chamney, Mountain Road, Clonmel.