Cork’s Derval O’Rourke vows to make it to the London 2012 Olympics despite injury

Derval O'Rourke

Cork's Derval O’Rourke has vowed to make the London Olympics and beat the back injury that forced her out of the national championships in Santry last Sunday.

O’Rourke caused a scare when she withdrew from the 100 meter hurdles after suffering a back spasm in her warm-up ahead of her attempt to win a 10th national title.

O’Rourke, who raced in England on Saturday, told reporters, “I’ve had a back problem for years. I have an issue with one of my vertebrae. I don’t see the point in going on about it because it is part of what you do in high-performance sport -- you deal with injuries.

 “When I warmed up I just wasn’t feeling great. I was actually moving pretty fast but was stiff in a few places. This made me a little worried especially as my Achilles and groin were both stuff.

“It was best not to race on Sunday. The plan is to take some anti-inflammatories, have a few ice baths and let everything settle. It’s no major drama. The plan is to race next Saturday.”