Little quality above 200m
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Middle-distance running is not the only area of concern, as Orville Higgins points out in his column 'Sprinting prowess not enough' (Gleaner, August 19, 2016).
Performance in the field events was a complete disaster. There was lots of talk prior to the Olympics. Individuals did not even get near their personal best. The same applied to the hurdles, with the exception of the Omar McLeod in the 110m and Annsert Whyte in the 400m varieties of the event.
The reality is that with a few exceptions, we have little quality above 200m. Yes, the JAAA is a mere facilitator and needs to be proactive in the management and development of athletics in Jamaica. This should include long-term, sustainable programmes.