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Simpson will be better for 2016 - Wilson

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 9:00 AMLeighton Levy
Jamaica's Sherone Simpson celebrates after winning the women's 100 metres final on July 22 at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
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Maurice Wilson, coach of 2015 Pan American Games 100-metre gold champion Sherone Simpson, is seeing where his athlete can improve even further on this past season, her most successful in years.

The 31-year-old Simpson has been training with Wilson since late 2014 and won Pan American Games gold in 10.95 seconds in July, her first title since she won the Commonwealth Games 200m title in 2006. It was also the first time since 2008 that she was breaking 11 seconds in the 100m. She went on to win sprint relay gold at the IAAF World Championships in August in Beijing, China, where she ran a season's best 22.50 in the final of the 200 metres. She also advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m.

Wilson believes the success Simpson achieved this year will help her achieve new targets for the 2015/2016 season that includes the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, next August. "Personally, I felt we had a great season. Sherone was perhaps the only athlete who had to be ready for three major meets - the national trials, the Pan American Games and the World Champion-ships and she excelled tremendously at the Pan Am Games, she made the national team and, in my estimation, she did fairly well at the World Champ-ionships," he said.

He revealed that he got Simpson into the best shape possible for the Pan Am Games to give her the best chance of success there.

"I felt a couple of the other ladies were a little ahead of her, and I had to be realistic. I wanted her to have a platform in terms of confidence, and it really worked out for us," he said.

LOOKING FORWARD TO IMPROVEMENT

The confidence she would have gained from this season, he said, will help her improve for next season.

"I am not the type of coach to get ahead of myself, but I believe it is possible for her to improve at the very least by 0.05s. I never normally judge persons off just one run, so I am talking about being consistent in that region, and if she can be consistent, then her 200m will be better as well," he said. "I am quite certain that we will make tremendous progress for the Olympic year."

Now that he has learned even more about her, he said it will help him do an even better job of preparing her.

"I would have known so much more about her. In terms of some of the things that we were not able to do, I think we will be able to do those things, and as I have always said she is extremely professional, and once she continues to bring that to the game, and with the sort of effort that we both will put into the season coming up, the sky is the limit."