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Coach pleased with Felicien's recovery from injury

Hurdler Perdita Felicien, who now lives in Calgary, Alta., trains at the Glenmore Atheltic Park Monday, June 20, 2011.

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Former 100-metre hurdles world champion Perdita Felicien is running well and looking good now that she's recovering from an Achilles tendon problem.

Felicien, out to secure a second Olympic appearance this summer, recently took part in a training camp in Phoenix, Ariz., where she worked out daily. Her coach, Les Gramantik of Calgary, said Wednesday he was pleased with Felicien's progress.

"She had an over-use issue with her Achilles. She had been training in St. Kitts in January and it flared up," Gramantik explained. "She went back to Toronto and trained and rehabbed there. When I saw her in Phoenix, she was a lot better than I thought. She trained the whole two weeks. It was a lot more positive."

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Felicien, 31, is also expected to attend a training session in Tucson, Ariz. later this month before competing in the outdoor season, beginning with the May 11 Samsung Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar. She will eventually return to Calgary to prepare for the 2012 Canadian track and field championships, which will double as the Olympic qualifier.

Gramantik said the final of the women's hurdles will be "the most competitive event in the country – with Perdita, Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, Nikkita Holder and Phylicia George. All of them should have the Olympic standard (by the Canadian championships) but only the top three go. That's the kicker."

Canadian heptathlete Jessica Zelinka, also coached by Gramantik, will be competing in the renowned Gotzis meet in Austria next month eager for another shot at the Olympics. In 2008 in Beijing, Zelinka scored 6,490 points and finished fifth.

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