Blow to career
A life of athletics couldn’t prepare Raphael Jordan for his biggest hurdle yet.
Just 21 years old, the former CARIFTA hurdler is facing the possibility of losing sight in his left eye, and a career in track and field, after being hospitalised following an unlikely physical altercation on the University of West Indies’ Mona Campus in Jamaica.
The incident, which occurred on Monday in the training facility of his campus, has left close relatives in a state of absolute shock and grief as Jordan is set to have surgery done around the nasal cavity after his left eye had to be stitched shut.
“Initially after seeing the pictures of his face, I was very sad because he is without any of his close relatives that will give him the support he needs right now,” said cousin Kimberley Agard, who has served as a mother figure for Jordan since his mother passed away six years ago.
According to Jordan, the situation unfolded when he and a training partner accidentally picked up a bar that another student athlete was using in the gym on Monday evening.
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