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Russell aiming at faster times

Published:Saturday | June 6, 2015 | 6:00 AM
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ROME, Italy:

After a commendable second-place finish in her biggest race so far this season, Commonwealth Games silver medal winner Janieve Russell is already looking ahead.

The 21-year-old University of Technology student clocked a season-best 54.83 seconds to follow Georganne Moline (USA), 54.47 to the line in the 400m hurdles at Thursday's Golden Gala IAAF Diamond League meet in Rome. Third place in the event went to Great Britain's Eilidh Child, 54.84.

Speaking to The Gleaner after her event, Russell, who also this year won the Intercollegiate Championships, shared that she was nervous about her first appearance at a Diamond League meet - even if her event was not on the Diamond Race schedule here, but noted that she is expecting to go much faster in the coming weeks as she gets ready to push for a spot on Jamaica's team to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China in August.

"I felt really excited about my first race at a Diamond League meet but to be honest I was also very nervous but I kept telling myself that I've competed with top competition before especially at the Commonwealth Games. So, I just focused on my coach's instructions," said Russell,

who stated that she had received lots of messages from her UTech/MVP Track Club teammates, family and friends before her competition.

"My coach told me to go with the pace on the first 200m and take it home coming off the eighth hurdle. I was trying to do that, but I felt a little tight in the race and a niggle in my knee as well, but I told myself that I had some more left in me, so I went out and pushed harder," said Russell.

"I'm not surprised with the time. In fact, I'm expecting my time to go down as the season winds down. I'm expecting to run really fast this year. I can't wait for the trials and hopefully World Championships to see where I end up," Russell, the former Holmwood Technical star beamed.