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Reid sure of gold medal in Class Three girls' 400m

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 3:00 AMLivingston Scott
St Jago High School's Joanne Reid outsprints the competition in the Class Four girl's 400 metre heat on yesterday's first day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships at the National Stadium. Reid won in 57.77 seconds.

LAST year's Class Four sprint double champion, St Jago High's Joanne Reid, says she has no competition in the Class Three 400 metres at this year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships.

The lanky 14-year-old cruised to victory in heat two of the girls 400m qualifiers in 57.77 seconds, and despite producing only the ninth fastest time in her category for the day, she is confident that she could take the record along with her as well.

"I am very confident of winning the event," she told The Gleaner. "There's nobody (competitions) right now, and I believe I can run a record time."

Reid described her race as easy and the Class Four 200- metre record holder expects a much stronger performance from herself when she turns out for the semi-finals and final.

"It (heats) was alright. It wasn't my best time, but it (race) wasn't hard, it was a comfortable race," she told The Gleaner.

"But I expect a much better performance from myself for the semi-final and final. I don't know what time I might run as yet, but I expect to win," she stated confidently.