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McPherson working on race strategy

Published:Saturday | May 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Stephenie-Ann McPherson

DOHA, Qatar:

Commonwealth champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson left the Qatar Sports Club track yesterday in Doha fairly satisfied after her third-place finish in the 400m in the Diamond League opener.

McPherson, who finished behind the in-form American pair of Francena McCorory and Sanya Richards-Ross, told The Gleaner that she has been working on her race strategy and that yesterday's run out was more about seeing how well it came together and what needed further adjustments.

"For the past two years, I have been trying to find the best way to run this 400m. Today was a bit of an experiment, I tried something new," said McPherson, who posted a time of 50.93, which is just marginally better than the 50.98 she ran when finishing third at the Jamaica Invitational last week - also to the Richards-Ross/McCorory duo.

McCorory got one over her compatriot this time around, winning in Doha in a time of 50.21 with Richards-Ross taking second in 50.79.

McPherson underlined that the focus is to ensure that she is fully comfortable with whatever adjustments are made as the season progresses, as she looks to turn last year's Commonwealth Games success to a podium spot at the World Championships in Beijing, China.

"My coach and I spoke about it and, as he said, the only thing that matters now is the World Championships and it's about finding the right way to approach the race and get used to it, so that I can properly execute when the time comes," McPherson added before touching on the early form of the Americans.

"Those girls are doing very well. I will have to train 10 times harder than before. The Americans are very good 400m runners, We can't take anything from them, but the focus is to go back and train even harder, because I need to be in the top three at the World Championships," McPherson noted.

- A.L.