Morgan awaits good news
MARRAKECH, Morocco: Jamaica discus thrower Jason Morgan is still waiting to hear from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) on whether or not his 67.15 metres has now been confirmed as the national record after it was recently updated to the IAAF website as his personal best.
Morgan registered the mark in May 12, 2012 at a meet at the University of Louisiana, but the distance was not reflected on the IAAF's list of official marks, prompting then JAAA director of records Charlie Fuller to seek clarification from the IAAF
The IAAF at the time responded through a letter, noting that the discus event was only added at the last minute to the meet schedule and would not be recognised.
However, the distance has since been added to the athlete's bio and was even listed as his personal best on the start list ahead of his competition at the IAAF Continental Cup.
When contacted on Saturday, JAAA director of records, Ewan Scott, advised that he has made some checks into the matter and is awaiting advice.
If confirmed, it would mean that Morgan will officially be recognised as the national record holder for the event, replacing Traves Smikle, who has a best mark of 67.12m.
Still, pointing to the updates on the global regulators' website, Morgan is confident that matter has finally been resolved in his favour as he prepared to represent Team Americas in Marrakech.
"I keep on thanking God. It's just a great blessing," Morgan said. I worked hard for that distance, through various challenges and struggles. I am happy to see that the IAAF has recognised my distance as the best thrown by a Jamaican ever," Morgan said.
"I am more motivated to throw 70m and beyond, I am more focused on winning a next medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships and 2016 Olympic Games, and I must thank the JAAA and all those who have supported me," Morgan added.
"I really have to thank God, it's really been a great year, things are coming together and being here at the Continental Cup is a boost to me, and it tells me that I need to keep going and stay on the positive path that I have been on and do good things to inspire myself and others," said Morgan, who also won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games a few weeks ago.
"I look at this as a great honour being selected to be here, it's something that I have always wanted to come to this level and its finally happening this year and I am grateful and humbled by it," added Morgan
"Everything has gone above my expectation because Commonwealth was, as you know, supposed to be my last meet but things have changed and some results have turned around and the positivity has kept me going, so I'm just taking it a step at a time to see what the future holds for me," said Morgan.
"I'm just trying to do well here at the Continental Cup, of course I have some things in mind that I would like to do next year, being one of the recognised athletes right now in my event, I am just trying to take steps to push it to the next level," said Morgan.
Editor's Note: The above interview was done ahead of Morgan's event yesterday. He placed third with a best of 62.70 metres.