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Day aiming for Rio medal

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 1:00 AMLeighton Levy
Christine Day (left) winning the Olympic Development 800 metres at last Saturday's McKenley-Wint Track and Field Classic at Calabar High. Day's sister, Jonique (centre), was second and Tiffany James (right) was third. Christine Day clocked 2:15.34.

World Championship relay gold medalist, Christine Day, revealed that she has ambitions of winning an individual medal at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer, following what was merely a training run at the inaugural McKenley-Wint Track and Field Classic on Saturday at Calabar High.

Day, 29, whose best time ranked her sixth in the world in 2015, won the Olympic Development 800-metre run in 2:15.34 on Calabar's brand-new synthetic track ahead of her sister, Jonique Day, and Tiffany James, respectively, before telling of her ambitions for later this year.

"I really want to get an individual medal at the Olympics, but you have to make it to the trials, which is what I am working towards," said Day, who finished fourth in the 400m in Beijing last August in a personal-best 50.14.

So far, under new coach Bertland Cameron, Jamaica's first-ever World Championships gold medalist, Day said training has been going well. "Training is going great, and I'm really looking forward to this season. I am working on weak areas, getting stronger in areas I used to struggle with. Once I stay healthy, greater things will come," said Day, who ran a blistering lead-off leg for Jamaica's women's 4x400m team that upset the United States to win one of Jamaica's seven gold medals in Beijing.

As for the 800m run, Day explained the performance was more about training and supporting the inaugural meet named in honour of two of Jamaica's greatest athletes, Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley.

"It was just a part of our training. Coach just wanted to support the track meet, so he sent us out to run an 800m," she said.