Bloomfield ready to explode
Akeem Bloomfield's record-breaking 45.41 seconds 400-metre run for Under-20 boys at Sunday's Carifta Trials set the National Stadium alight and made the Kingston College (KC) youngster the third-fastest local junior quarter-miler ever.
The 17-year-old Bloomfield is now only ranked behind Davion Clarke, also a former KC athlete, and Usain Bolt over the distance. Javon Francis ran 45.00 at Champs 2014 as a 19-year-old Calabar High student, but because he turned 20 before December 31, his time is registered as a senior on the IAAF top list.
Bloomfield does not fancy the 400m and is only running the event as a means of strengthening and rehabilitating an injury he picked up last season. But coach Neil Harrison knew the possibilities and often joked about going below 46 seconds in training.
"He is a fine talent, well prepared, and once he's healthy, there's no limit for him. We joked about it (45 seconds) from time to time, but it was a serious thought, because the speed he possesses, and with his increase endurance, it's not beyond him. He had more in the tank, and it would be interesting to see if he was pressed what would have happened," Harrison commented.
no love for the 400m
Although Bloomfield has no love for the 400m, his coach explained the importance of the event to his overall development and he readjusted himself mentally for the task.
"I was sceptical, because I didn't like the workload. But I put my mind to work with the goal the coach has and what he thinks I can achieve, and I went out and did my best and 45.4 came, and I am happy," he told The Gleaner.
His 400m performance at the Carifta Trials may have raised eyebrows, but Harrison is uncertain if Bloomfield will compete in the event at Champs or in the future despite his obvious promise.
His goal is to achieve something great in athletics, and he intends to leave his mark on the 2015 Boys' Championships, but has placed no expectations on himself.
"I don't really like making predictions, but every time I compete, I try my best. If I do end up doing 400m again and lower the time, I would be happy. I want something out of track and field and I have a coach that is a genius, that believes in me and has a plan," he said.
Harrison described Bloomfield as a "gem" and a "hard worker", and with the remarkable time he is doing at 400 metres now, expects massive improvements over the shorter sprints and even something special at Champs.
"Last year when he was pretty weak, he ran 10.3 in the 100m. His personal best in 400m was 53 seconds, that shows difference between last year and now, so he is faster. I know he will give his best, and his best will create some excitement at the championship," he said.