Moulton's Callum Wilkinson still hoping to compete in 2020 Olympic year as he recovers from two injuries
Moulton race walker Callum Wilkinson says he is determined to still compete this season as he recovers from two injuries sustained during his winter training.
The 22-year-old, who won gold in the 2016 World Junior Championships, was hoping to represent Great Britain at the Olympics, in Japan, this summer.
In a statement posted on his Twitter account on Friday, Wilkinson said: “Out of honesty to myself and the people who follow my athletic career I felt I should give a season update.
“Sadly, my winter training has been affected severely by two injuries. Firstly, a heel bursitis at the middle of December and more recently last week by a first metatarsal bone oedema.
“It’s a far from ideal situation to find myself in at the start of such an important year but I still have hope and determination to compete this season.
“I cannot thank the British Athletics medical and physio team enough and they have always made sure I was able to see the best people to diagnose my injuries and help with the continuing rehab.
“As frustrating and at times heart breaking this has been, I will be doing everything I can to be back on the start line this year and perform for all those who help and support me in every stride I take.
“I will never take for granted again the ability to do what I love full time and pain free or the selfless and ceaseless assistance and guidance from those closest and dear to me.”
George Wilkinson set a new personal best to be crowned under-20s champion in the England Athletics 10km Race Walking Championships in Coventry on Sunday.
The 17-year-old, also from Moulton, stormed to a new best time of 46 minutes and 47 seconds, making him a comfortable winner in his age category.
The teenager finished fifth overall, ahead of all but four athletes in the senior competition, which was won by British number one Tom Bosworth, who set a British race walk record by clocking 39:10 for the 10km event.
Wilkinson has since been selected to compete in the prestigious Czech Republic International meeting, which is due to take place in Podebrady on Saturday, April 4.
The 88th staging of the long-running event will see Wilkinson compete over the 10km distance again, having made his debut in the international fixture last year.
Before then, he will next be in action in the Inter-Area Match in Sheffield two weeks on Saturday, on March 21.
Wilkinson set a then personal best time of 23:19 over the 5km distance when competing in the competition last year, and has since gone under the 23-minute mark with his current best time now 22:57.