JUDO: It’s the end of the worlds for Jemima
JEMIMA Duxberry is facing up to an agonising spell on the sidelines after her first-ever World Junior Championships campaign was brought to a premature end by a shoulder injury.
The 18-year-old, from Devizes, made it past Canada’s Béatrice Valois-Fortier and Hungarian Szabina Gercsák in her pool of the u63kg category but was forced to withdraw from the competition after damaging her shoulder in her quarter-final clash with Japanese prodigy Megumi Tsugane in Ljubljana, Slovenia, last Friday.
Great Britain starlet Duxberry, who trains at the University of Bath, is expecting to be out of action until February next year and was gutted to see her promising World Junior Championships bow halted by injury.
“I dislocated my shoulder at a European Junior Cup in Ukraine in May so I think that it’s linked to the same injury. I’ve definitely damaged my AC (acromioclavicular) joint and I’ve got an MRI scan on Friday to see if I’m going to need an operation,” said Duxberry.
“The Japanese girl threw me and I tried to roll onto my front but hurt my shoulder doing it. She won the Tokyo Grand Slam last year but I was doing all right in the fight before that happened.
“It was my first World Junior Championships. It was a similar set-up to the Olympics but you had to walk out and stand by the mat whilst the fight before you was still going on.
“I don’t think that I’ve ever felt nerves like that but as soon as I got through my first match, the nerves just went.
“It’s a shame because I don’t think that any of the Great Britain team were going there just for the experience – I think we all felt like we had a good chance of medalling.
“I’ve been told that I’ll probably be out until February. I can’t drive at the moment so I’m not going to be able to go over to Bath.
“I’m going to be stuck at home but the only good thing about that is that my coach Jason (Parsons) is here and I’ll be able to use the gym at Route 2 Fitness to help my recovery – I think that I’ll basically be living in there.”
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