'Happy again' Simpson eager for World Relays
Happy again, competing again; experienced Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson is eager to continue her renaissance at this weekend's IAAF World Relays where she will renew her love affair with something she holds dear to her heart - the relays.
Simpson, who watched via the Internet as her countrymen and women took on the world at last year's inaugural staging, while she fought a suspension, will represent Jamaica in the 4x200m in Nassau, Bahamas on the back of an impressive return to the sport.
The 30-year-old was strong in helping Jamaica to a win in the USA vs the World 4x100m, and a second-place finish in the 4x200m at last week's Penn Relays, and pushed Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to the line in the 200m at the recent UTech Classic, posting a strong 22.97 in a battle to the line.
Now working out with Maurice Wilson at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Simpson says she is extremely pleased with her progress and that she is excited to once again represent her country on the big stage.
"I'm very happy, I just always enjoy running for my country, being in the colours and seeing that last year I had to watch it on the Internet, I am very happy to be heading there in person," Simpson told The Gleaner ahead of the departure of some members of the team from the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.
"I am very pleased with how things are going now, there's a lot still to be done training-wise, but Coach (Maurice) Wilson and I are just taking this year to get to know each other, for him to know what works for me, and stuff that will help, and stuff that hinders me from giving my all in training. So far, we have been working really well together and I am really happy with how things have been going," added Simpson. "I think I have done pretty well so far, and we hope to continue progressing, so it's for me to stay healthy and keep getting better."
2008 Beijing Olympics
The 2008 Beijing Olympics 100m silver medallist and two-time Olympic relay medal winner noted a special attraction to the relays and is hoping that she will be able to help Jamaica's women to their first win at the World Relays.
"I do like this format and this meet, I think it's very good. There are no individual events, so it's all about the team, and also, its position on the calendar also, makes it very attractive," said Simpson, who won her first major senior medal competing in the 4x100m at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, where the Jamaicans won gold.
relay means a lot
"The relay means a lot to me. Of course, in 2004, in the 4x100m in Athens I won my first major medal, so it means a lot to me. It feels good, that team effort feels great, and I always look forward to running the relays," Simpson said.
The Jamaicans had to settle for third place in the 4x200m at last year's staging of the World Relays, but with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Schillonie Calvert and Samantha Henry-Robinson for company, Simpson is confident that there will be greater success this time around.
"We have a very strong team, we are all mentally strong athletes, and with the depth that we have, we have a great chance of winning the 4x100m and 4x200m at the World Relays," said Simpson.