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Confident Spencer targets podium spot in Rio

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 2:00 AMShayne Fairman
Spencer

Marquee 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer recalls last season as bittersweet but remains confident that should she medal at this year's Olympics in Rio, Brazil, it would put the icing on the cake as her greatest year ever.

Spencer is one of the most successful track athletes in the history of the Diamond League circuit with a total of 21 wins.

In an interview with The Gleaner, Spencer said that 2015 was a bittersweet season for her. "It began great. Unfortunately, I got an injury and I wasn't able to complete my season as I would have wanted to but just using that as a stepping stone for this season.

"Jamaica and the world have definitely not seen Kaliese Spencer's best. I think this season is going to be a great season, so just watch out."

Despite her recent IAAF World Championships medal failures in the finals, Spencer maintains that she is over those disappointments, settled in her new training club, and looking at improving.

"I have a great set of coaches working with - great people, great athletes - and it's like a family," she outlined at Cameron Blazers, adding that it would help her medal this year.

"Definitely, I will be on the medal podium (Rio Olympic Games). I just want to stay healthy, and once God is in it, I will be a winner and I will be there," Spencer continued.

"I am over that (disappointments) long time ago. I don't stay long on one thing. I just get going. OK, that was it. I am strong in faith, and I believe that God is by my side, and I believe that one day I will be victorious, and I am just working towards that," she said.

Though Spencer admits that she has a lot left in the tank, she did not want to predict how fast she could run this year.

"I am not thinking about (times) that. I am just thinking about focusing and getting my technique better and getting stronger and staying healthy, and once I stay healthy, the times will come," stressed Spencer.