The Puerto Rican semi-distance runner Wesley Vazquez He had surgery on his left foot last week in Barcelona, Spain, and is already in his recovery period waiting for this intervention to make his return to the slopes possible.
This was confirmed by the athlete’s coach, Carlos Guzman, who pointed out that Vazquez will be evaluated soon to determine the next steps to follow. He estimated that the first rehabilitation period could last approximately two to four months.
“I suppose that in November they will have periodic evaluations to determine how successful the operation was and if they can release him to start training,” said Guzman.
Vazquez underwent surgery to correct a neurological condition in the left foot that causes your running stride to lack the support of all the toeswhich causes tension in the second and third metatarsals, in the Achilles tendon and which caused a tear in the metatarsal plate of that limb.
The operation was in Spain, where Vazquez has been receiving therapies since the beginning of May in ReSport Clinican advanced interdisciplinary sports trauma center located in Barcelona.
The three-time Olympian has struggled in recent years with a succession of injuries that have caused his seasons to be shortened and led to preparation for the 2022 cycle being interrupted as a result of discomfort in his left foot that began at the end of 2021 and which worsened in February of last year.
In fact, Vazquez has not competed since June 2022, when he did three 800-meter races. Two of them were in Poland, in which he clocked 1:46.02 and 1:47.10, and a third in New York, in which he clocked 1:47.38. These times are very far from his best record and national mark, a 1: 43.83 achieved in France in August 2019.
The goal with this operation, as stated by the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee (Copur) and his High Performance Department (DAR), is that the athlete can be ready for the next Olympic cycle, which begins with the 2026 Santo Domingo Central American and Caribbean Games and culminates in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.