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British Track Star Max Burgin Ruled Out With Blood Clot


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Team England’s Max Burgin – an 800m medal prospect – has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games after being diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis.

The 20-year-old running sensation had gone into the World Athletics Championships as the world’s fastest 800m competitor.

Burgin thought he had a calf injury before further investigation showed DVT.

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Burgin said on Instagram:

A few days ago I pulled out of the 800m at the World Champs with what we initially thought to be a calf strain. Upon further investigation, it has turned out to be a deep vein thrombosis in the right calf, an issue completely unrelated to running or training of any other kind.

Its obviously gutting to have missed out on a major championships, although in this case the issue was completely out of my control and could not have been predicted or mitigated beforehand. Thankfully this DVT is something that can be fixed easily and relatively quickly. I’m aiming and looking forward to representing my country again soon!

Sky Sports reported:

The Halifax Harriers athlete was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis [DVT] whilst in Oregon. He initially travelled there to represent Great Britain in the recent World Athletics Championships.

Max – coached by his father Ian – pulled out of his 800m heat with what was initially believed to be a calf strain in his right leg. After further investigation, it was revealed to be DVT.

“It’s gutting to have now missed out on two major champs over a medical issue that came out of nowhere,” Burgin said.

“It just seems like terrible bad luck, but I’m sure soon my fortune’s will change and I’ll be competing regularly at future champs, having the success I know I can achieve.”

The 20-year-old flew out to America with the world leading time over 800m; he ran 1:43.52 in Finland – a time that put him fourth on the all-time national list.

“This [DVT] is something that can be fixed easily and relatively quickly. I’m aiming and looking forward to representing my country again soon.”

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