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Broken legs scuppers Brown

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Tina Brown (Coventry Godiva) has revealed how clattering the water jump barrier at the European Cup may have scuppered the remainder of her season – after discovering in a post event scan that her leg was fractured.


The unlucky steeplechaser, who also suffered an injury setback before the Commonwealth Games earlier in the year, ran five laps of the seven and a half lap race through the pain in the hope of securing valuable points.


As it was, the Great Britain women were relegated from the top league, but Brown had no qualms about the decision to continue through the pain:


“It could have made the difference at the end of the night,” she reasoned.


“It was just one of those things. I got caught up with the Romanian girl who stumbled just before the barrier, I chopped my stride and went up into the barrier with no momentum and landed awkwardly in the deepest part of the water jump.


“I knew I hadn’t twisted it, but a nasty pain shot up the outside of my left leg along my fibula. Every time after that point when I hurdled it was absolute agony, but when I saw the five laps to go sign I decided I should run for the point.


Suspecting a possible stress fracture, Brown was scheduled in for an MRI scan last week and the result showed just how brave a battle she had put on in the hot Malaga stadium;


“It showed a stress fracture, but also quite a crack running through my fibula. I’ve been told I may be able to start running again in about four weeks, but I just don’t know so I’m keeping fit and I’ve been in the pool aqua jogging.


“It’s really disappointing as I ran a 1500m PB earlier this season and ran 9.56 for the chase in a tropical storm so I know I was in good shape, but I am still aiming to get something out of this season.”