Alonso Edward injured in Central American Sports Games

09:14, April 19, 2010      

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Panamanian sprinter Alonso Edward suffered a thigh injury on Saturday in the final of the men's 200 meters race in the Central American Games.

Edward suffered a strained left hamstring as he entered the final stretch of the competition. He had to limp to finish the remaining 90 meters.

Edward is a world class sprinter. He was the silver medalist of the men's 200 meters during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin 2009, second only to Jamaica's Usain Bolt. He won the silver medal in 19.81 seconds.

In addition, he won the title of men's 100 meters competition yesterday with a time of 10.24 seconds. Panama's president Ricardo Martinelli came and awarded the gold medal to Edward in person. Almost all the spectators believed that Edward was going to win the game, but the unexpected accident happened.

Edward was immediately taken to hospital to prevent further serious injury.

Rolando Palacios from Honduras won the title in 20.84 seconds and broke the tournament record. Takeshi Fujiwara from El Salvador got the second place in 21.62 seconds, while Josef Norales won the bronce with a time of 21.84 seconds.

The ninth Central American Sports Games opened on 9 and concludes on 20 April. A total of 1739 athletes from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama gathered in the game.



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