Levy enjoys the fruits of persevering through injury

By August 20, 2018

Jamaica’s national 110-metre hurdles champion Ronald Levy seemed to have burst onto the scene in the last two years, but in truth, the Commonwealth Games title holder’s rise has been slower and more painful. 

“For many years, I struggled to produce my best form because of injury,” said Levy in an interview with IAAF.org.

According to Levy, his nexus as a world-class 110-metre hurdles began with the 400 hurdles but calamity befell him in the event.

“I started out as a 400m hurdler and in 2013 I broke my foot while going over a hurdle,” he said.

He switched to the shorter event after that but his misfortune didn’t end.

“I switched to the 110m hurdles in 2015 but still the injuries came and I struggled to complete a full season.”

“In 2016 I was performing really well. I ran a personal best of 13.50 but then I hit a hurdle at the Jamaican Invitational and damaged an ankle ligament. It was very painful and for a while I couldn’t put any pressure on my foot,” he explained.

Things began to change in 2017 and people began to take note. 

“My 2017 season was a highlight because I had never competed so deep into the season without injury. I set four PBs in the 110m hurdles (13.41, 13.33, 13.10, 13.05).

The campaign went really well; I ran a windy 13.15 at the UTECH Classic in Kingston before recording 13.10 in Eugene. I qualified for the World Championship team by finishing second at the Jamaican Championships before setting a personal best of 13.05 at the Paris Diamond League. I was in great shape and going for a gold medal at the World Championships in London,” he explained.

At those World Championships Levy was again beset by injury.

“I suffered a hamstring injury in the heats and failed to finish,” he said.

Levy would run again that season but his injury was still a problem.

In 2018 Levy has announced himself as one of the foremost hurdlers in the world, commanding a lane at the Diamond League and making the Diamond League final where he will compete after wins in London last month, Paris at the end of June. He was fifth at the Prefontaine Classic in April and fourth in Shanghai before finishing second in Birmingham behind Spain’s Orlando Ortega.

He is currently ranked second in his event heading into the final.

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