For some, the Olympics are a time of triumphs and victories. However, it’s also a time of pain and tears for many. Sadly, British Olympian Jessie Knight found herself in the second group during the Tokyo Olympics.
After years of training to get to the Games, the 27-year-old’s dreams of gold got off to a rough start when she fell at the very first hurdle in the 400m event on Saturday.
However, Knight took off out of the blocks in a promising start. Things took an unfortunate turn when she fell face-first straight into the first hurdle. The runner looked heartbroken as she made her way off the track, covering her face in distress.
“She will be shattered with that,” Tamsyn Manou said in commentary for Channel 7. “It would have worked so hard to get to the Olympics. I don’t know whether she had a problem with her spikes, it looked like she slipped before she took off.”
Following the tragedy, her fans were gutted on social media. However, her Olympic stint is not over. On Thursday, she will run in the 4x400m relay race. She has four days to prepare and do what she needs to do before the first heat.
In addition, Knight suffered bad luck even before she landed in Tokyo. It got off to a bad start for Knight when someone on her flight tested positive for COVID-19 over a week ago.
Olympics Get Off to a Shaky Start for British Runner
As a result, once she arrived in Tokyo, Knight was forced to isolate herself in her room. She was only allowed to train once a day but did not have the freedom to roam the Olympic village and prepare herself.
When the day finally came around for her to show off her stuff, it couldn’t have gone any worse. A school teacher by trade, Knight, had given up her job as a teacher to chase her Olympic dreams full time.
After her unfavorable arrival in the city, the British runner tried to make the best of the circumstances. She even joked to reporters that having all her food brought to her made her feel like royalty.
She told the Guardian she had panicked once she learned someone on her flight had the virus. When officials approached her on Sunday, she thought she was going to be told she had COVID-19.
If positive, that would have ruined her Olympic dreams completely. Thankfully, she has since repeatedly tested negative and will be on the start line.
“Initially, my heart sank because I thought I was going to be told I had it,” Knight said. “To be honest, there was panic. I called my coach straight away, and I said, ‘please don’t call my family,’ because I thought they would just go into panic mode too.”