Nickel Ashmeade wanted to give up after struggles with debilitating injury

By Ricardo Chambers & Donald Oliver August 06, 2020

2016 Olympic sprint relay Gold medalist Nickel Ashmeade has detailed the traumatic experiences which have derailed his career since the Rio Games.

Ashmeade, who is also a two-time World Championship relay gold medalist, has not been able to compete consistently since the 2017 season because of severe groin issues.

Speaking on The Commentators podcast with Ricardo Chambers and Donald Oliver, Ashmeade revealed, “I have a thing called Heterotopic Ossification.”

Heterotopic Ossification is the word used to describe bone that forms in a location where it should not exist.

The 30-year-old says his issues started ahead of the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow but he repeatedly “just ignored it.”

However, the breaking point came in 2017, “where it ripped out completely when at a race in Italy.”

Even visits to world-renowned Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller Wohlfahrt yielded little success that year.  

The abnormal bone growth in his groin reached as much as 7 1/2 inches and has required a series of surgeries to correct.

The three-time world 200 metres finalist says he has had six incisions in the last two years but is finally fit again.

He showed his level of fitness by clocking 10.16 and 20.47 seconds over 100 and 200 metres respectively at a meet in Florida on the 24th and 25th of July. 

Listen to the full episode to hear about how he held up mentally during the period plus his prognosis for the future as he now focuses on the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for 2021.

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