Kemar Hyman hopes to rebound from an injury setback.
Cayman’s fastest man was forced to withdraw from the 15th International Association of Athletics Federation World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, over the weekend. Hyman, 24, said his ailing hamstring could hamper his 2014 campaign.
“Last week in practice, I injured my hamstring while doing block starts,” Hyman said. “After resting it for a few days, I decided to test it out at a meet this past weekend in Berlin, Germany and re-aggravated the injury. I am currently seeking medical advice on how to proceed so that I don’t further risk my outdoor season. I thank you for your ongoing support and apologize that I am unable to represent the Cayman Islands in Poland.”
Hyman was slated to run the men’s 60-meter sprint. He had been training in Birmingham, England, and posted a time of 6.71 seconds in the 60m at last month’s British Athletics Grand Prix, finishing sixth in his heat. While it was his second-fastest time of the year, it was not good enough to qualify him for the finals. Jamaica’s Nesta Carter and St. Kitts and Nevis’s Kim Collins were among the top finishers at that event.
Hyman’s best time of the year was 6.69 seconds, which he ran in late January. Through mid-February, it was the 14th best time in the Caribbean and Central America.
The Cayman Islands Athletic Association issued a statement about Hyman’s injury. The statement reads, “The association wishes Kemar a speedy recovery and trust that he will be ready to compete injury-free during the upcoming outdoor athletic season.”
This is not the first time Hyman has been sidelined at a major meet. At the 2012 London Olympics, he suffered an abdomen strain in the warm-up for the 100m semis and pulled out.
Hyman is one of Cayman’s highest paid athletes, earning $43,901, according to budget documents marked for the 2013-2014 fiscal year tabled in the Legislative Assembly, as part of local government’s Elite Athlete program.