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‘I’m definitely on track for World Championships’

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 6:00 AM

BIRMINGHAM, England:

STEPHENIE MCPHERSON clearly has a love of the United Kingdom. Last summer, she bagged the Commonwealth Games 400m crown in Glasgow, and she also claimed a win at Birmingham's Diamond League meeting.

McPherson is technically gifted, but also has the ability to guts it out when required.

She displayed both traits in Birmingham, as she registered 52.14 seconds to win the women's 400 metres yesterday, with fellow Jamaican Christine Day placing fifth in a time of 53.24.

McPherson was always up with the pace and looked in control throughout the one-lap sprint. As her rivals faltered, she showed her experience and composure to comfortably take the win.

McPherson told The Gleaner: "The wind on the backstretch was fierce and I was feeling a bit of cramp before the race, but I'm good.

"My aim was just to get out there and execute a good race and work on my strategy."

She certainly did that.

As summer looked to have arrived in the United Kingdom, McPherson was grateful for the blue skies and sunshine.

"This is always a good meeting and the weather was good this year, I like it in Birmingham."

With an eye on the season's climax in Beijing, McPherson admitted: "I am most definitely on track for the World Championships.

"The Americans have good runners, so I have to put in a lot of work to go out there and do the best I can. I want to be back on the podium."

- R.H.