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Fisher targets 9.8

Published:Monday | April 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Andrew Fisher of the University of Technology powering home in the men’s 100 metres final at the NCB Inter-collegiate Championships at the National Stadium last month. Fisher clocked 10.18 seconds.

Andrew Fisher, Jamaica's repeat Inter-collegiate 100 metres champion, is targeting a new personal best in the 9.8 second range. With his training going well so far in 2015, Fisher is aiming high. The 23-year-old wants to qualify for Jamaica's team to the World Championships in Beijing as well.

Asked recently about his goals, he said he hoped to run 9.8. "That's what I want to run this season, at least 9.89." On his training, he said happily, "It's going great, no injuries so far, and I'm trying to keep it that way."

 

injury

 

Last year, an injury niggle knocked him out of the 100 final at the National Championships and blotted a fine season. Flourishing at the University of Technology, Fisher had taken the Inter-collegiate title in 10.11 seconds before sparkling at the Penn Relays, where UTECH did a brilliant 4x100 and 4x200 double. A week later, at the Jamaica Invitational, he led American star Justin Gatlin past the 60 metre mark before succumbing to the big finish by the 2004 Olympic champion.

Those performances earned him a spot on Jamaica's team to the inaugural World Relays in The Bahamas.

He ran a nippy anchor leg in the 4x100 heats.

 

road to Beijing

 

Second to Jahzeel Murphy for STETHS at Boys' Championships in 2011, Fisher knows the road to Beijing, host of this year's World Championships, won't be easy. "The team is going to be very hard to make," he assessed, "but how I'm going in training, I think it's possible."

This year, Fisher repeated as Inter-collegiate 100 champion after blazing legs for the University of Technology in the 4x100 and the 4x200 for UTech at the Western Relays in Montego Bay. At the Gibson-McCook Relays, he burned the first leg as UTECH beat the Usain Bolt-anchored Racers Lions in 38.23 seconds.

Fisher returned to the Penn Relays last week to help UTECH to a repeat 4x100/4x200 double.

- Hubert Lawrence has been scrutinising athletics since 1980.