International Athletics

Tamgho suffers ruptured Achilles

2015-05-15 21:55
Teddy Tamgho (Gallo Images)

Doha - Teddy Tamgho's bid to defend his world title this summer could be over after the French triple jumper ruptured an Achilles tendon at the first Diamond League meet of the season in Doha on Friday.

Tamgho, 25, was preparing for his third attempt when he pulled up short holding the back of his leg, and after lying down on the track was quickly stretchered off by medical staff.

"Achilles tendon ruptured, I'm leaving to undergo surgery at Aspetar," a Doha clinic specialising in sports, Tamgho said on his Twitter account.

Tamgho's manager Benjamin Soreau said the triple jumper would undergo an operation in Doha on Saturday morning and would be probably out of action for the season, with the world championships in Beijing in August.

"He has a totally ruptured Achilles tendon," said Soreau. "I think it takes about five months to recover."

Prior to the injury, Soreau said Tamgho was performing well on his return to international action.

"He jumped very well. It was a good event with the two big performances. But now, for him, that's life, you cannot do anything."

Tamgho had achieved a jump of 17.24m on his second attempt. He had been making his comeback after being out for 18 months because of injury and a one-year ban for a doping offence.

Tamgho returned to competition in March and jumped 16.78m at a meeting at Ermont-Eaubonne, near Paris.

His main aim for this year had been to defend his world title in Beijing.

The event was won by Cuba's Pablo Pichardo with an effort of 18.04m, the third longest triple-jump ever. Britain's Jonathan Edwards holds the world record of 18.29m since 1995.


1. Pedro Pablo Pichardo (CUB) 18.06 m
2. Christian Taylor (USA) 18.04
3. Teddy Tamgho (FRA) 17.24
4. Alexis Copello (CUB) 17.18
5. Nelson Evora (POR) 17.12
6. Tosin Oke (NGR) 16.83
7. Aleksey Fedorov (RUS) 16.60
8. Marian Oprea (ROM) 16.36

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