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'Love-ly' end to Champs career

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Excelsior High and Jamaica female shot put and discus star, Shanice Love, had a dream to end her Champs career with gold and the shot put or discus record.

On yesterday's second day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships, Love recovered from two early bad throws to take the Class One discus with 52.73 metres, more than 10 metres farther than second-place Devia Brown of Hydel High, 42.76m. St Jago's Tracey-Ann Simms was third with 41.52m.

"This is my last Champs and I really wanted to make my mark and I did," Love told The Gleaner. "I am very pleased with Champs (career), my God, I am so excited. I don't know what to say, my teammates are happy for me, so too my mom, my dad and my coach."

Love admitted that she was a little unsettled at the start of the event, after messing up her first two attempts.

"My two throws in the first round were bad, so I had to get in a standing throw. After that I decided I am going for it and when I say I am going for it and I go for it," she said.

"Nervousness caused the first one, but I forgot about it. The second throw was too early, I was an anxious throw, but I decided to go for it. I went into the final in second place but decided I was not staying in second, that I am going for first place," she continued.

" I was very confident with my coach by my side and my teammates supporting me," she said.

- L. S