Cornelius: Graham not seriously injured

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National youth sprinter Coull Graham should be back on his feet and training in no time.
This is according to President of the Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA), Everton Cornelius, who said the athlete picked up a strain while contesting the 200 metres boys’ under-20 finals at the Flow Carifta Games held in Curacao.
Graham pulled out of the contest just after going around the curve to head into the final 100m when he seemingly felt a sharp pain before falling onto the track.
“He’s okay and will just have to get some treatment. I think he just basically strained the hamstring muscle but he is not badly damaged and he is not going to be out for more than just a week. So with good treatment he will get that healed up and start training within a week’s time,” he said.
“These things are just there and that’s the thing about track & field because when it comes to hamstring injuries and so forth, things are just there for a while and at times it just happens to just go. He came off the curve just ahead of the other runners and as he was about to accelerate he said he felt a tightness and just as he tried to drag the leg he hit his toe in the track and he just fell over,” he added. 
Graham had a run of bad luck during the games as he was disqualified from the 100m finals after he false-started on the Friday night.
Despite the disappointment over Graham not being able to show his true potential at the games, Cornelius said he was satisfied with the overall performance of the team.
“I think we only fell short by about two medals because I believe the minimum medals we should have come out of the games with is about six and in the two instances, the person we were depending on did not come to shore and that was Coull. He foul started in the 100 and in the 200, I believe he could have at least come out with a bronze in the 200,”he said.
Antigua & Barbuda captured two bronze and three silver medals at this year’s Carifta Games.

Sprinter Coull Graham had a spate of bad luck at the Carifta Games after false starting in the 100m and dropping out of the 200m with an injury. (Photo courtesy Flow)

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