Mon, September 23, 2013

Zelinka hospitalized after wasp sting

By QMI Agency


Jessica Zelinka crosses the finish line to win the women's 100 metre hurdles final at the Canadian Track and Field Olympic Trials in Calgary, Alta., June 30, 2012. (TODD KOROL/Reuters)

Olympic heptathlete and hurdler Jessica Zelinka almost had her Olympic medal hopes derailed by a small, stinging insect earlier this week.

Zelinka spent a night in a Calgary hospital after a wasp sting Sunday led to a severe allergic reaction. She's expected to be fine for the start of the Olympics and even joked about the incident on Twitter.

"Got my butt royally kicked by a wasp today. I like to spend my days off in the hospital :(," she tweeted.

Zelinka returned to practice Tuesday, no worse for wear.

The 31-year-old from London, Ont., pulled off a major upset by winning the 100-metre hurdles at the Canadian track and field trials in Calgary, preventing former Olympians Perdita Felicien and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep from going to London. She also qualified in the heptathlon after breaking her own Canadian record.