Achilles op for Jamaica's hj Germain Mason

KINGSTON, March 16 (AFP) - Jamaican high jumperGermaine Mason is recuperating in the United States fromsuccessful surgery to repair a ruptured tendon,according to his coach Stephen Francis.
Mason injured himself during the World IndoorChampionships in Budapest on March 6 while collecting abronze in the high jump.
Germaine did Surgery at the University of Miami onFriday and is resting,'' Francis said in an telephoneinterview. The doctors are pretty confident that he will make afull recovery and they have suggested that he should beback to his best in six months, although they haveindicated that he could recover before that,’’ Francissaid.
According to Francis, who also coaches Olympic medalhopefuls Bridgette Foster and Asafa Powell, Mason isdisappointed that he is sidelined but remains optimisticabout the future.
``I speak to him quite often and he has a verypositive outlook. He wanted to be a part of the Olympicteam and at the moment he is very doubtful for theOlympics, but he is very happy that the surgery is overand that the injury will not affect his furtherparticipation in athletics.’’