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Lane Two made it ‘difficult’ for Facey

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 6:00 AM
The United States' Jeneba Tarmoh (right) wins the women's 200m ahead of second place USA's Allyson Felix (centre) and Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith at the Birmingham Grand Prix Diamond League Athletics meeting, at Alexander stadium in Birmingham, England, yesterday. Jamaica's Simone Facey (out of photo) finished sixth.

AFTER A run of 22.92 seconds and coming in sixth in the 200m at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting, Simone Facey was a picture of disappointment.

In good conditions and in front of a near capacity Alexander Stadium crowd, Facey told The Gleaner: "I did my best. I'm injury-free, so that is the important thing."

Facey trailed in behind race winner Jeneba Tarmoh (22.29) and her American compatriot, Olympic champion Allyson Felix, who clocked the same time as Tarmoh.

Facey was never in the contest, but she remains upbeat about the rest of the season.

The Jamaican was not happy drawing lane two and was struggling from the start. However, it is a case of upwards and onwards.

Having had time to consider her performance, Facey admitted: "The plan now is to go back home and get ready for the trials. I need to get into the top three."

The Americans were dominant from the off, while Facey never got into her stride.

"The weather conditions were OK, but it was difficult to run from lane two," she said.

"But I did my best and only my best is good enough.

"I just loved the crowd. It was my first time competing and I'm just happy that I can walk away injury-free.

"I would love to come back to Birmingham and compete here one day, it was a great experience."

- R.H.