Yardley prodigy Jordan McGrath has been warned by Bejing Olympian Richard Buck not to rush back from his frustrating injury.
McGrath is hoping to make it to the Olympics himself but has been told not to take any risks with his body as he plots his return from an injury-ravaged season.
The 400m runner Birchfield Harrier was tipped as one of Britain’s strongest medal contenders for the European Junior Championships in Serbia but was forced to pull out after tearing his hamstring in May. He hasn’t run a competitive race since.
But Buck has urged McGrath to adopt a slow and steady approach if he is to return to his best and fulfil his blossoming potential.
“Jordan is a real talent coming through,” said Buck. “But similar to me at his age he is suffering from a hamstring injury, which is a real shame.
“I’m sure he’ll have a great medical team around him but he should definitely make sure he doesn’t have any niggling injury problems before he comes back into racing - he should definitely not be rushing back.”
Former Lyndon School pupil McGrath, who is 19, was handpicked as a future Olympian earlier this year when he was selected to join the UKA Heroes project sponsored by Original Source. He scooped a £1,000 cash injection in the process to aid his London bid.
The project is a successful initiative which offers financial support to talented young athletes who are working towards the 2012 and 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Jordan is in a difficult place at the minute,” added Buck. “But he is obviously very capable of going faster and faster.
“But like most young athletes, they need to watch they are not progressing too fast for their bodies and if Jordan can do that I’m sure he will prove a real talent over the next few years.”