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Allen told to 'get it done' in Bahamas

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 5:00 AMAndre Lowe
Nathan Allen at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday shortly before his departure for the Bahamas.

She bought him his first pair of track shoes when he was still a bright-eyed first former at Claude McKay High.

On Thursday morning, as he got ready to depart the island as a member of Jamaica's team to the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas, Marvia McFarlane - mother of 19-year-old St Jago schoolboy Nathon Allen - had yet another gift for the talented quarter-miler.

"She told me that I should come here and get it done, that I have worked hard for this and this is my success," Allen shared shortly after touching down at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas.

Allen, who was named to a 4x400m squad, desperate to make up for the baton-exchange mishaps that marred their efforts at last year's IAAF World Relays, said he is elated to have been given a chance to compete here.

"Being here on my first senior team, words can't really explain how I am feeling. It's been a great experience already, the guys have been very supportive and I'm really happy to be here," Allen told The Gleaner.

Allen pushed Akeem Bloomfield to his national 400m junior-record-shattering 44.93 seconds win at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, posting 45.30 for second place.

The 4x400m relay bronze medallist from last year's IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene said that he was not entirely surprised by the call-up.

"I told myself that once I perform well, and my coach always tells me that good things will come so I was just waiting for the call because I knew I've had some good performances," Allen said before noting his main aim here.

"I will be hoping to learn how they (senior athletes) prepare for the race and how they handle the pressure because that is most important," said Allen, who was born in the St Ann community of Cave Valley before moving to Portmore, St Catherine, where he now resides.

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