13 FEB 1998 General News

Inessa Kravets, world’s greatest triple jumper, back in training in Senegal after major injury

Inessa Kravets, world’s greatest triple jumper, back in training in Senegal after major injury
13 February 1998 - Inessa Kravets (UKR), Olympic champion in Atlanta and triple jumper world record holder (15.50 on 10 August 1995 in Göteborg) is currently in Dakar, Senegal, where she has started training again following a major injury.

In 1997, Kravets suffered a serious injury to the rear thigh muscle of her left leg, which looked as though it could have brought her athletics career to an end. Following an operation and months of treatment in the United States, the world record holder appears to have recovered full use of her left leg - which is her "take-off" leg. Kravets is being coached in Dakar in the "Centre International d’Athlétisme" by Anatoly Golubtsov, who had coached her to her world record and title in the summer of 1995.

According to Golubtsov, the chances are good that the 31 year old Olympic champion will make a complete recovery, but this will only be clear after a month’s training.

The "Centre International d’Athlétisme" in Dakar was the fruit of co-operation between the IAAF, la Coopération Française and UNESCO and is run under the wing of the IAAF Regional Development Centre, which has been operating for a number of years in the Senegalese capital.

Anatoly Golubtsov is just one of the full time specialists working there, coaching athletes from Africa (a recent visitor to the centre, where he trained for two weeks, was Namibia’s Frank Fredericks) and around the world, who wish to make use of the extensive facilities and highly-trained staff of the centre and benefit from the particularly clement climate in Dakar.

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