12 December 2019

British climber Shauna Coxsey says knee injury won't affect her Olympic place

British climber Shauna Coxsey has said her knee injury won't impact her chances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The 26-year-old qualified for the games last month at the World Championships in Japan. The climber won two bronze medals in the combined and bouldering events.

The athlete took to Instagram to confirm that she has damaged cartilage in her knee that has required surgery and, while it has set back her training for next year's competition, she insists she'll be fighting fit.

Coxsey said: "I am having surgery on my knee. I’ve been struggling with knee pain for quite some time due to damaged cartilage behind my knee cap. In short it really hurts and it needs fixing.

"I’ve got an amazing team of people around me and we’re confident this won’t hold me back for long! And if you were gonna ask... yes, I will be fully fit and ready for the Olympics.  

"I am doing (and will continue to do) everything I can to get to the games ready to deliver my best possible performance, this is part of that process."

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