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Dwyer will not double

Published:Friday | February 12, 2016 | 2:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Dwyer

When Rasheed Dwyer finished sixth in the 200 metres at last year's National Senior Championships, that ended his chance to run an individual event at the World Champion-ships in Beijing, China. Despite that, Dwyer won't be running the 100 metres at this year's Nationals as insurance. That's the word according to his Sprintec coach Maurice Wilson.

Speaking at the recent PUMA/JAAA Jamalco meet, coach Wilson said: "No, he will not be doubling this year, but I can tell you he will be running a fast 200m somewhere along the line."

Dwyer, who turned 27 on January 29, sparkled at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto after his Nationals disaster. In the semi-finals, he reset his personal from 19.98 seconds to 19.80.

That moved him past Nickel Ashmeade - 19.85, Donald Quarrie - 19.86 and Asafa Powell - 19.90 on the Jamaican all-time list. He was second in the final to fast Canadian newcomer AndrÈ DeGrasse with a silver medal run of 19.90 seconds. His form earned him a spot in Jamaica's World 4x100m relay pool. He did a fine job running the third leg in the heats.

In 2011, during his days as student-athlete at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education, Dwyer won his pet event at the World University Games. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the former Camperdown High School sprinter led Warren Weir and Jason Livermore in a Jamaican medal sweep.

Dwyer and superstar Usain Bolt were the only Jamaicans to go faster than 20 seconds last year, and his new personal best made him the third fastest man in the world in the 200m after Bolt and American Justin Gatlin. By contrast, his best run over 100 metres was 10.16 seconds. Five Jamaicans ran that distance in under 10 seconds flat.