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Injured Uy back on track

Ian Suyu

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Not even an injured hand can stop Natalie Uy from chasing the elusive Tokyo Olympics berth.

The Filipino-American pole vault expert said on Thursday that suffering a hand injury won’t derail her from preparing for various Olympic qualifying tournaments in the United States.

Now back on track, Uy said she has moved to a new camp in Georgia together with world No. 5 vaulter in Katie Nageotte under American mentor Brad Walker.

“Training is going really well and I am working hard on it,” said Uy, who set a new national record after clearing an impressive 4.30 meter-mark in the Acadia Invitational in North Carolina last 18 July.

(Photo: Rio Deluvio)

Uy’s record-smashing performance was then followed by a slightly decreased 4.11 meter-output, which was still good enough for her to take the first place of the 19-29-year-old category of the American Track League tournament on 26 July.

Uy said despite not being at perfect shape, she is working towards her full recovery and working on other facets of her game.

“I might not be able to do all the drills, but somehow I am able to do a majority of the workouts as of now. I am recovering well from my injury — slowly but surely.”

With no more competitions lined up until December, Uy said that she has now more time to recover and focus on improving her skills before the start of the qualification season next year.

“We don’t have any competitions coming up until December but right now my goal is to get as fast and as strong as possible,” she said.

“I am working on my strength, speed and technique. Working in all of these areas is very important.”

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