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‘I’m in good shape’, says Kaliese Spencer in buildup to Worlds

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMRodney Hinds
Spencer

BIRMINGHAM, England:

CONFIDENT KALIESE Spencer has virtually seen and done it all on the track.

However, the Jamaican 400m hurdler would appear to have much more in her tank, if her Diamond League win in Birmingham is anything to go by.

Spencer, the reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist over the distance, took the race in Birmingham with ease in a season-best time of 54.45 seconds.

Apart from a few stutters over the obstacles in the home straight, she looked serene throughout.

Coming home behind the Jamaican were Cassandra Tate of the USA (54.73) and Czech Zuzana Hejnova (55.00), both of whom recorded season-best times themselves.

A clearly delighted Spencer told The Gleaner: "First of all, I must give God thanks for the win.

"It was windy out there, so I have got to be happy with a season's best. I can't complain."

Spencer clearly enjoys the Diamond League format, having won the event in Shanghai too.

"I'm doing well at the moment and I'm grateful for that.

"This is a World Championships year and I'm working towards getting a medal there (in Beijing).

"Winning in Birmingham is a stepping stone as I build up for the World Champion-ships." Spencer, 28, added: "I'm in good shape and just want to stay healthy.

"Once I can do that, I know that I can make it onto the podium.

"I'm a competitor that likes to compete against everyone.

"Winning in Glasgow, my first individual medal, was great for me.

"This year, I am looking to stay motivated and train hard."