Teddy Tamgho, reigning World Triple Jump Champion and only the third man ever to have jumped over 18m has fractured his left tibia during a multi-jumping training session.
Tamgho’s agent, Ludovic Olliƒçre confirmed: “He has a fracture of the left tibia, sure, but the fibula is not affected.” Olliƒçre explained that “Teddy has a bar in the tibia from a previous injury. And it is because of this bar that the fibula has not been affected.”
Since sustaining the injury, the 24 year old athlete has undergone surgery on the affected area, which the French Athletics Federation said went well.
Tamgho missed the 2013 indoor season to concentrate on the Moscow World Championships after sitting out of competition for 20 months due to an ankle injury. The injury, which also needed surgery, was sustained whilst warming up for the European Under 23 Championships in July 2011.
Despite Tamgho’s bad luck and recent tibia injury, Olliƒçre said: “Teddy is strong mentally, he’s not defeated. We will not say that it’s as if nothing happened, but he has already shown that he has a strong mind.”
Furthermore, Teddy himself has said via Twitter that he has returned from a serious injury before and he will do so again.
Tamgho had planned to compete in the World Indoor Championships in Sopot but his 2014 indoor season is now over, with his 2014 outdoor season also in jeopardy.