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Levy looking to grow from CAC experience

Published:Tuesday | December 2, 2014 | 12:00 AMKwesi Mugisa
File Levy while competing for Edwin Allen at Champs

There were no shiny metal souvenirs to take back home for Jamaica thrower Vanessa Levy. But as far as the athlete is concerned, she gained something far more valuable in competing at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games: a wealth of experience.

Levy competed in both the shot put and hammer throw events against some of the region's best exponents, the majority Cubans, who truth be told, put on a clinic in the field events during six days of competition.

Yipsi Moreno

Three-time World champion and two-time Olympic silver medallist Yipsi Moreno was chief among them. As her rÈsumÈ suggested, she was in a different class in claiming the women's hammer throw event.

Levy admits that the decorated athlete cut an impressive figure ahead of the event.

"Some of these athletes really are world-class. I was so nervous for the hammer throw that I couldn't even unzip my jacket properly," Levy explained.

The Jamaican athletes' best mark of 51.56 metres was only good enough for eighth place on the day. Added to a first attempt that went close to shaving the net and fouling the final two attempts, few would not file such an event under the forgettable performances chapter. Levy would not be numbered among them.

honour to be competing

"I think it was an honour to be competing against such athletes. It was a benefit to compete among people at the world-class level. So when I get to that level, I won't be nervous. I won't have cold feet because I know what I'm capable of," Levy added.

The 24-year-old thrower, while cognisant of the current gap between herself and the top athletes in her events, remains undaunted by the fact, admitting there is a lot of work still to do.

"I've been having a lot of technical issues, but I'm patient and I know it will come," Levy said. "My aim is the World Championships, so I'll stay focused."