Wilsmore's season up the air due to foot trouble
MIKE WILSMORE is living every athlete's worst nightmare in deciding whether to trust his foot injury will improve and quickly or opt for surgery which will effectively end his 2013 campaign.
Plymouth's Wilsmore has been struggling with a calcification build up on one or two bones in his left foot for a while.
But the middle-distance star had hoped an injection back in December would do the trick, so he could train without too much pain and get some races under his belt before summer season.
However, in the BUCS Indoor Championships Wilsmore found out the hard and painful way that the problem is still 'frustratingly very much there'.
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The Plymouth University student had been given the big build up by the commentator ahead of the 1,500m event at Sheffield Institute of Sport.
Wilsmore, he said, was the fastest man in the field and as a former winner (2011), was the man to beat.
The 27-year-old former Royal Marine began well enough easing through the gears to win his heat in 4.07.07 and felt good to go for the semi-final.
But with 900 metres run, he was forced to slow down and let the field go by and then pull up in severe discomfort.
So, sadly for the hard-working and talented Wilsmore it's back to the drawing board for him and coach Graeme Riley.
Because of Wilsmore's university commitments, he cannot have surgery until late June, which would put the mockers on his summer season.
And if he trains and runs through the pain, which temps him, he could make the problem a whole lot worse.
A frustrated but upbeat Wilsmore told Herald Sport: "The timing could not be worse as the BUCS finals proved.
"I'd gone to Sheffield fairly low-key and knowing the race would be at a very good standard, using the 1,500m as a comeback and also test for my fitness.
"The fitness was fine and I was happy in the heat, but in the semi the pain was horrible.
"I felt awful, too, because the commentator had given me a terrific build up and also my fellow competitors treated me with respect, which was nice.
"So, as you can imagine, I was livid having to troop off, but I knew there was no way I could do myself justice, although I was willing to run through the pain."
The Tamar Trotter added: "So now it's all up in the air again as I don't know whether to trust in the rehab and hope it works.
"Or put this year on the back-burner and wait for the operation later in the summer.
"I need two bits of spur which is on the bone trimmed off, which will mean no training at all for at least a month.
"I don't really want to do that in the summer as I had hopes of defending my outdoor 1,500m BUCS title and trying again at the UK athletics Championships.
"It's not the nicest of prospects for 2013, particularly, as I had a great 2012, but we shall see."