Bruny delays return to track
By STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun
There will be no Brussels sprints for Canadian Bruny Surin tomorrow.
"He's (pulling out) purely for precautionary reasons," Ray Flynn, Surin's agent, said yesterday. "He's okay, obviously. He's coming to Europe to take part in two competitions next week. He just didn't want to take a risk by running (in the 100 metres tomorrow at the Van Damme Memorial meet in Brussels).
"You know what it's like with sprinters. They want to line up only when they're 100%."
Surin, 33, hurt his left hamstring last week at the Canadian track and field championships in Victoria, even though he won the 100-metre event in a season-best 10.05 seconds. It was later revealed not to be a tear, as first suspected.
Surin is considered a medal favourite for the 100 metres in Sydney, having run the second fastest time in the world last year (9.84) in winning the silver at the world track and field championships in Seville. The Haitian-born sprinter is also a key member of Canada's defending Olympic champion men's 4x100-metre relay team.
There was speculation that the injury would slow him for next month's Olympics. However, Dr. Mark Lindsay, the team chiropractor and therapist, said Surin has recovered nicely and wants to spend time this week with his family in Montreal before heading to Europe on Monday, and then to Australia a couple of weeks before the Games.
The Canadian Olympic track and field team will hold a final pre-Games training camp next month at Couran Cove, near Brisbane, on Australia's Gold Coast.
Although Surin won't run in Brussels, he will compete at the ISTAF-2000 Grand Prix on Sept. 1 in Berlin and has added a second competition to his schedule, the Thessaloniki meet on Aug. 30 in Greece.
"He feels it's important to get a couple of competitions in before the Games," Lindsay said. "For his own mind-set."
Teammate Donovan Bailey, who did not compete in last week's nationals because of a sore hamstring, is in Europe and will take part in the Brussels competition tomorrow, as well as the Berlin meet and the CGU Classic in Gateshead, England on Aug. 28.
Canadian high-jumper Mark Boswell, a medal contender for Sydney, will compete in Brussels and Thessaloniki.
Boswell has been plagued by sore ankles, although he is better now than he has been in a couple of months, Lindsay said.
American Michael Johnson will run the 400 metres at the Brussels meet tomorrow. It will be his first competition since getting hurt in the 200 at the U.S. team trials last month.