In a heartbreaking turn of events, one of Malta’s top Olympic prospects announced that he is unlikely to make the trip to Tokyo this year as he continues to struggle with a number of injuries.
Jordan Gusman, a formidable middle-distance runner, took to social media to break the news.
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“I’ve been struggling with injuries this past year, barely able to string together more than three weeks of running,” he said.
“I came to the realisation this past weekend that the Olympics was probably not happening for me, but it was well worth trying.”
Gusman, who is based in Australia, has represented Malta in several events including the 2019 Games of the Small States of Europe where he won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m – becoming the first person in Maltese history to do so.
The middle-distance runner was also Australia’s 5,000m champion before switching allegiances to the Maltese singlet in honour of his late grandfather.
Since then, he has gone on to break the Maltese national records in the 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m.
Gusman was touted as one of Malta’s top Olympic prospects and stood a chance of qualifying by right, instead of by wild card – which has been the case for Malta’s current Olympic athletes Eleanor Bezzina and Matthew Abela.
However, with injuries plaguing the middle distance runner, his dreams and hopes of an Olympic appearance have been dashed.
“I’m taking a break from racing to get it together, but I’ll be back in action later in the year,” he ended.
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