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Dwyer overwhelmed by sub-20 clocking Lauds coach Wilson for guidance

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Dwyer salutes fans after winning the men's 200 metres gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

National sprinter Rasheed Dwyer is heaping praises on his coach, Maurice Wilson, for advice that led to his personal best clocking over 200 metres.

Dwyer, the G.C. Foster College graduate who competes for Sprint Tech, had his best year this past season after winning the gold medal in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Later, he closed out the season in fine style, with his first sub-20 seconds clocking, at the IAAF Continental Cup Championships, where it took a photo-finish camera to decide the winner between himself and Panama's Alanzo Edwards, who crossed the finish line in the identical 19.98 seconds.

Edwards was later adjudged the winner.

"After winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, I was ready to come back home after a long season competing overseas," Dwyer admitted. "But my coach asked me just to stay back for one more race, the Continental Cup 200 metres and I did and it was a personal best for me and I want to give him all the credit for my year's performances and for encouraging me to just stay the route."

Something special

Dwyer added: "When I first looked on the big screen and I saw 20 seconds, I knew I had done something special. My concern was not about winning, but about the time and when I saw the time rounded down to 19.98 seconds, I was extremely happy to know that I had gone into the sub 20 seconds club."

Dwyer, the National 200 metres champion, stated that he knew he was going to have a very good season based on his preparation leading up to the National Championships.

"The day before I ran the final of the 200 metres at the National Championships, I was very confident because my body was feeling great and I was not surprised when I won the event," he remarked.

With next year being a big one given the World Championships in Beijing, Dwyer is not predicting anything special.

"I will not be pressuring myself for next year as I am a humble person who does not like the limelight. I know that my coach has new things planned for me and all I have to do is to continue listening to him. As long as I follow his instructions, the sky's the limit for me," he outlined.

Additionally, Dwyer explained that he has no plans to run either the 100 or 400 metres.

"Because of my body structure, I do not think the 400 metres will fit into my category, while I only use the 100 metres to help with my speed work for the 200 metres."