The holder of the Finnish record for 100 metres hurdles, Annimari Korte, had surgery on her hamstrings on Thursday, 12 August 2021, at Mehiläinen Sports Hospital in Turku, Finland. The surgery was performed by orthopaedic surgeon Lasse Lempainen.

Annimari Korte has long suffered from repetitive strain injuries affecting her hamstrings, which started with a sprain. These injuries also dominated the hurdler’s preparations for the Tokyo Olympics. Hamstring syndrome is a repetitive strain injury resulting from strenuous exercise and is a typical ailment of athletes such as hurdlers. The pain typically appears in the gluteal region when running – and sometimes even when sitting or lying down.

“With Annimari, we checked what could be achieved with conservative treatment before deciding to operate, as in most cases symptoms can be reduced with rehabilitative treatment. This time, conservative treatment was not sufficiently helpful, and surgery was the right choice in this situation. The surgery was performed today, and it was successful. The backs of both of her thighs were operated on,” says orthopaedic surgeon Lasse Lempainen.

The reigning Finnish champion will not defend her championship from last year at the upcoming Finnish Athletics Championships. After the Olympic Games in Tokyo, a decision was made to not take part in the rest of the season’s competitions and to instead focus on the major competitions taking place next summer, when both European and World championships will be up for grabs.

“I’m sorry to miss the Finnish Athletics Championships and the Finland-Sweden Athletics International, but next year will be an important one. I made a decision in Tokyo to have the surgery as quickly as possible. This gave me an extra month to prepare for next summer,” Annimari Korte says.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Mehiläinen Sports Hospital and Lasse. I wanted Lasse to operate on my legs because he genuinely cares about athletes, and that’s a great thing. I’ll now focus on rehabilitation, and I hope that I’ll be in better shape and be able to train with fewer issues than I’ve had in the last two years,” says Korte.

“Rehabilitation after a repetitive strain injury should be done with care. Surgery is one part of recovery and rehabilitation towards peak condition begins here. We hope that Annimari’s fastest times and greatest achievements are still ahead,” Lempainen says.