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Marvin Anderson is back on track

Published:Friday | March 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMLeighton Levy
Marvin Anderson

For the past two years, Marvin Anderson has been an assistant coach, analyst and student but he wasn't where he really wanted to be. Anderson, whose personal best of 20.06 seconds in the 200 metres making him one of the country's fastest men over the distance - has returned from injury this season and so far things are going according to plan. It is a plan that involves Beijing, China this summer.

The 32-year-old ran a fast 200m leg at the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium to help Cameron Blazers to a comprehensive victory in the Clubs and Institutions Sprint Medley Relay and said afterwards that it was good to be back.

"It felt good. It's been a long time since I ran 200m. Just getting out there, getting back into a competitive frame of mind, it went well. I still feel like I have a lot of work to do but at least we know where we are at and training has been going well," Anderson said.

His coach Bert Cameron was impressed with the performance that saw his Blazers win in 3:23.24 more than two seconds faster than GC Foster College (3:25.07) and UTech (3:27.44).

"He did well. He surprised me a little bit because he was pretty fast for someone not doing any speed work. It was pretty good because he has not run in the past two years," he said.

Anderson, the 2007 Pan American Games 200m silver medalist and a World Championship sprint relay silver medalist, suffered a stress fracture to the right tibia in 2013 that kept him out for most of the season. The injury reoccurred in 2014, resulting in him missing the entire season as well. It has been a long way back to health.

"I am still doing rehab but I have a good support system around me and hopefully, things will fall in place," he said. He credits his family, friends and his agent Ricky Simms of PACE Sports Management, for providing the base from which he is re-launching his career.

The two years out has not been a complete waste however, as Anderson, who holds a degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California (USC), used his 'down' time to complete a Master's in Marketing and Management.