US Runner Emily Sisson Reveals She Braved A Knee Injury To Run 10,000m at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 10/08/2021, 1:32 AM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 26: Emily Sisson, first, celebrates on the podium after the Women’s 10,000 Meters Final on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 26, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


Emily Sisson is an exceptional track and field athlete who has a success story to share. Professionally, competing as a runner for New Balance for Phoenix, Arizona, she has claimed a number of laurels over a period of time.

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Long-distance races can be very taxing for an individual. Notably, Emily, who took part in a 10k race and a half marathon, unfortunately, fell prey to an injury. However, here’s what her experience was like.

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EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 26: Emily Sisson competes in the Women’s 10,000 Meters Final on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field in June 26, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Emily Sisson at Tokyo Olympics 2021

Even though Emily secured the 10th position at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, she admits she could have done much better. It was quite unfortunate that the 29-year-old American suffered a severe knee injury. Indefinitely, it affected her performance for the worse. However, this is what she said after battling past her setback.

 

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A few weeks before Tokyo, my knee started to hurt pretty badly. I might not have had the Olympic build-up I wanted, but I am really proud of the work my team & I did in that time! Every decision in training felt so measured with the new goal in mind: getting to the start line + performing as well as I could. I still am proud of how I competed once there,” she wrote.

“I took a week off after Tokyo hoping to heal. Not for a lack of trying, I haven’t really been able to train for 2.5 months now. So after a great year of training & racing, I’m prioritizing health & giving my body the rest it needs! @nyrr I will be back racing soon,” Emily further added.

Previous feats of Emily

In the recent past, the iconic long-stance star secured the 9th position at the 2017 London IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships for 10,000 meters. Not only this, but she also won the USATF road 10k Championships in 2016 and 5k in 2018.

 

 

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In her recent Instagram post, she further said, “Apologies for the lack of posting lately. All my energy has gone into rehab + training + treatment + rest. I will make sure to share more on the journey back soon though.”

Undoubtedly, her statement is a clear sign of optimism, aiming to return to her events by making a much bigger and better come back. What do you think about Emily’s recent post?

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus. Representing India at the International Children's Games in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far.

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