Meadows to miss Moscow meet
Jenny Meadows will miss the World Championships in Moscow after being ruled out of the rest of the season with a stress fracture in her femur.
The 32-year-old described herself as "beyond devastated" after learning she will miss the rest of the season when scans revealed the severity of the injury to the left femur.
What she described as "a bit of irritation, stiffness in the hip" since January was followed by a pulled hamstring and, she said, "bit by bit things started unravelling".
However, yesterday's outcome was not something she had contemplated, fearing at worst a fortnight on the sidelines, and she admits she was in complete shock on being informed - especially given she had missed London 2012 with an Achilles injury.
Meadows said: "We had scans yesterday and both (coach and husband) Trevor (Painter) and I are beyond devastated and very shocked to hear of such a severe injury.
"Especially on the back of 2012 as well."
Drawing strength from the fact she had regained such form and fitness after last year's injury travails, Meadows believes she could re-tread the steps taken by Holmes, who gained double Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 after a series of crippling injuries.
"That would be brilliant - I'm running in Kelly's footsteps in more ways than I wanted to with injuries," Meadows said.
"It makes me realise how lucky I was not to pick up injuries in my career.
"I always looked at her and wondered how she keeps coming back.
"It makes me think I can have the fairytale ending Kelly did.
"In my 30s I am stronger, every year I get stronger and stronger."
Any thoughts of retirement were quickly banished by the Wigan-born athlete, who had enjoyed a "sensational" month-long warm-weather training camp from mid-March.
The level of form and fitness she had managed to regain convinced Meadows she has more to offer, although she admits that was not her immediate reaction.
"My first thought was complete shock," said Meadows.
"I've never done this before but I felt really sorry for myself. I wanted to kick and scream and think 'this is not fair' - especially after last year.
"So it was 'this isn't fair', lots of crying, and I turned to Trevor and said we have to give this one more shot, it was an easy decision for us.
"My saving grace - and it doesn't sound like it - is I am in the shape of my life, which I doubted last year I could have got back in.
"It makes me think I'm not done in the sport. I've got unfinished business, no hesitation in me (deciding not to) hang up my spikes.
"I'll push on through this."
There will be changes as a result, one of which is losing Painter as her full-time coach, while she will in all likelihood modify her training on her return, with Meadows expecting to make a competitive comeback in the indoor season.
Described by the likes of former Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sally Gunnell as a "tough cookie", Meadows concurs but believes there is also a flip side to that.
"Being a tough cookie is great but it allows your body to fool you," she said.
"We undo ourselves by having a body that doesn't give you those symptoms, so it's bitter-sweet."