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Ja shot putter sees better days ahead

Published:Friday | November 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Shot putter Geneva Greaves has backed the nation to close the gap between themselves and the region's elite throwers, remaining encouraged despite a less than ideal showing in the event's final at the Heriberto Jara Athletic Stadium in Xapala yesterday.

Greaves' best mark of 14.21m was only good enough for sixth place, well behind Trinidadian Cleopatra Borel, who won the event with a throw of 18.99m. The Jamaican, while admitting that her execution could have been better on the day, was well aware of the quality of the field that she faced and even a personal best mark of 15.13m would not have been good enough to get among the medals.

"To be honest, I knew the competition for me today would have been way up there; some of these girls have thrown 19m ... I knew that going in. I just went out there and did what I could. I tried my best," Greaves said following the event.

"I really can't be disappointed; it's still early training for me. I knew what a lot of these girls have, I know what they have done already, so it's just for me to put in the work, maybe I could have done a bit better today, but there is a way to go," she added.

great optimism

While Jamaica is a world-renowned powerhouse in sprinting, there remains little doubt that the gulf in quality between themselves and regional neighbours in the field events is a vast one. With more athletes now turning their attention to these events, however, there is great optimism that the country will soon be mentioned among the world's best.

"Of course, we can. Most definitely, that remains our aim. It is what all of this hard training is about, and I know we will get there," Greaves said.

"The good thing about meets like this is that it exposes us to what is out there what the competition is like. We will go back and keep training and return looking forward to doing our best," Greaves added.

- K.M.