Fri | May 26, 2017

I am here to win, says Bailey

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 5:00 AMShayne Fairman
Gladstone Taylor/Photographer American Ryan Bailey, IAAF World Relays 4x100 metres gold medallist.

Having spurred Team USA to a massive confidence-boosting victory over Jamaica at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas last week, Ryan Bailey will be looking to secure another big win when he lines up in the 100-metre race at the Jamaica International Invitational meet, inside the National Stadium, this evening at 8:14.

The 26-year-old ran what could be the race of his career, to not only anchor the United States to victory, but defeat six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt.

Following that, the athletics world has been looking forward to the next Jamaica, United States sprint clash.

Bailey, however, said he will be running to defeat all his rivals, not only those from Jamaica but his American team-mates as well.

"I am trying to beat everybody tomorrow, not just Jamaicans. I am just trying to win, so if I run 10.20, I will be happy," he noted yesterday.

With a personal best of 9.88 seconds in the 100m, he is looking to go faster and turn back the big names.

"I grew up watching Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin running. I have been around them a lot and they have been mentoring and moulding me a lot," he explained, while pointing to the Powell vs Gatlin rivalry as a big motivation.

"I loved it and followed it when I was younger," he continued while describing Powell as one of his favourites.

He has predicted that this evening's 100m will be very close.

"There is not one person in the race that can't win it, so it's gonna be a really good race and a close one. "

Bailey was also full of praise for Jamaican fans.

"I love coming to Jamaica, I love racing here. The crowd is always crazy into the athletics, so it makes every meet good. It should be fun," he added.