Another hamstring injury hampered Jarid Vaughan is his bid to run for Canada at the London Olympics.
There's a strong possibility that Langley track and field sprinter Jarid Vaughan will close the book on his Olympic aspirations.
Vaughan is back from the Canadian Olympic Trials in Calgary, where he narrowly missed going to the Olympics Games for the second time because of a pulled hamstring.
Four years ago, just before the Beijing Olympics, Vaughan also pulled his hamstring, dashing his chances of his lifelong dream of competing for Canada in the Olympic Games.
This was after Vaughan had achieved the fastest 200-metre time - 20.28 seconds - of every single university athlete in the U.S. and the fourth fastest 200m time in collegiate university track history.
At the time, Vaughan was on a full ride track and field scholarship to the University of Texas.
At the beginning of this track season Vaughan returned from Texas to Vancouver to train for the upcoming Olympics in London.
He was almost guaranteed to go to the Olympics with his 200m, but while training, he pulled his hamstring, and could not train for three weeks, and then could not practise or train for the 200m, risking further injury.
This prompted his coach, former Olympian Tara Perry, to advise Vaughan to focus on the 100m.
This year was the one year that Vaughan needed an injury-free season.
Vaughan trained hard every day preparing for the Olympic trials. He commented that he missed the good conditions in Texas for sprinters - the hot weather, living near the track, and training with fellow Olympic hopefuls, Jared Connaughton, Anson Henry and Brian Barnett, along with top American sprinters such as Darvis Patton.
So with Team B.C he flew to the Olympic trials in Calgary.
His parents Debbie and Bernie along with sister Jade, drove over the Rockies to the Olympic trials to support Jarid, knowing it may have been the last time they will see him compete.
Since emigrating to Canada from Africa, Bernie and Debbie have supported their children's track and field careers.
At the trials Vaughan raced in the 100m, but did not come in the first three places as needed to go to London.
Racing in the 200m he had an impressive run in his heat, leading by far in the front of the pack and winning the heat.
He went on to compete in the semifinals, in which he also just missed the Olympic qualifying time of 20.55 seconds. Vaughan's personal best in the 200m before this year was 20.28 seconds, which meets this year's Olympic standard.
Vaughan has many decisions to make now. He could continue his track career and aim for the Brazil Olympics in 2016.
His sister Jade has been chosen for the Olympic 2016 track program along with Langley's Georgia Ellenwood and Christine Sutherland. Jade is currently also on a full ride track and field scholarship at the University of Texas.
Vaughan feels happy with his long and succesful track career, and says he feels the most important thing was the university scholarship, his degree in Kinesiology and Human Sciences and his track achievements in Canada and Texas.
When he was in Grade 12 at R.E. Mountain Secondary School, Vaughan specialized in high jump, and won the B.C. high school high jump title.
His then coach, former Canadian Olympian Peter Ogilvie, convinced Vaughan to switch to concentrating on sprints.
After graduating from the University of Texas, Vaughan coached other athletes there and John Sauerhage, the head coach for track and cross country at the University of Texas said, "The former UTA standout Jarid Vaughan finished his stellar university career as a multiple-time point scorer in the Southland Conference Championships in the 100 and 200m. Vaughan also finished second in the 100m relays in U.S.A in 2009 and had a chance to compete nationally before suffering a major injury at the end of that season. Overall, Vaughan scored seven times in individual events and numerous times as part of relay teams. In 2010 Vaughan took his talents to the national level in Canada, becoming one of the top three 100m and 200m sprinters in Canada."
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