Finally, the African 100m silver medalist and South Africa, Carina Horn has breaths a sigh of relief after completing her two years doping ban.
Recounting her ordeal, “from an emotional perspective, the last two years had been tough. There were many evenings that I could not stop myself from crying as it felt as if I was fighting a losing battle. But now that I am back on the track running again, I am glad that I did not just give up.”
An enthusiastic Horn continue, ‘I feel like a ‘newborn baby’ who has got to relearn how to train. At the moment, I feel quite sluggish and ‘heavy’ when running. It is going to take some time to get my body back to ‘normal’ .
“Therefore, I will only decide when I will start racing by the end of December or January. I will definitely not do so if I don’t feel I am at the top of my game. From now on, every time I line up to compete, I want to make it count.
“I am inspired by Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s performance. Hopefully, I also got one or two good races to run.”
South African 100-metre record-holder was unable to compete due to a positive drug test in September 2019, where prohibited substances Ibutamoren (which is a growth hormone) and LGD-4033 (a testosterone replacement product) were found.
Horn had felt that her supplements were contaminated, and got a scientist to prove her case, and eventually, the Athletics Integrity Unit accepted his findings and handed down a two-year suspension instead of the usual four.