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Wilson eyes record

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Wilson

Despite not yet in his best physical shape, Calabar's sprint phenomenon Tyreke Wilson remains confident of breaking the boys Class Two 100m record at next month's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

The speedster also declared that defending champions Calabar will have no competition come March 15-19, when Champs take centre stage inside the National Stadium.

Wilson turned heads with an impressive 10.97 seconds in 100m at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic, last Saturday, and is looking to take his form into next month's marquee event.

"Well, I don't see any competition. Champs is ours this year again," he said amid what many expect to be stout challenges from their arch-rivals Kingston College and Jamaica College among others.

"We are focused. There is no pressure," Wilson reiterated.

Wilson assured that he is not all talk, however, and courtesy of his four championship medals so far (three gold and one silver) he will be one of the athletes to watch next month.

For Wilson, a sprint double gold is on his mind, along with the 100 metre record.

"I am very satisfied with my season's progression. So far I haven't done any clear sprinting in terms of the season so far, but I am very pleased with my times.

GOLD MEDALS

"I am going for two gold medals, and to do a repeat of what I did in class three. The one hundred metre record, I have that in mind and hopefully after Champs I will be fit to go to CARIFTA and represent my country," he told The Gleaner.

Wilson, despite being pleased with his 10.97 seconds effort last week, assured The Gleaner that he is still recovering from a slight hamstring injury. He wants to lower that to 10.40 seconds soon, but admits it will be a lot of work because I am just coming back from injury.

"My focus and mindset going into champs is just to keep myself fit and healthy and make sure everything is good with my body, knowing that everything is good physically then I know everything will fall into place," he continued.