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Gold medallist Brown disappointed about not breaking record

Published:Saturday | March 19, 2016 | 3:00 AMAndre Lowe
Morant Bay High's Marcus Brown, winner of the decathlon.

A week before last year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships, Morant Bay High School's Marcus Brown started training for the decathlon.

The then 17-year-old would surprise himself after finishing third at Champs despite the short preparation period.

A year later, Brown secured his first gold medal at the championships after tallying 6,781 points; bettering Buff Bay's Amaudo O'Conner (6,649) and Rhodes Hall's Asani Hylton (6,517).

Brown disappointed

Pleased, but not satisfied, Brown expressed disappointment that he was unable to break the meet record of 6,988 points and the IAAF World Junior Championships qualification standard of 7,200 points.

"Seeing that I didn't get the record, which is what I had planned for to bring me to Worlds, I am a bit upset to be honest.

"But winning this gold medal is still something to feel happy about," he told The Gleaner after his event.

"I could have performed better in the 110m hurdles. My PB is 13 high and I really should have cleared two metres in the high jump as well. Also, in the javelin, I could have thrown 47 metres, but only did 42-metre, so I certainly wasn't at my best throughout," Brown said.

"My mom told me to come home with the gold medal and I'm glad that I was able to come out here and do that for her as well," added Brown.

His coach Damion Reid, the hurdles and field events coach at Morant Bay High - who himself competed at Champs and made the 400m hurdles final in 2005 - was extremely happy for his young charge.

"I am elated for him. I only made a final when I competed at Champs, I never won a medal as an athlete, but to get a gold medal as a coach, it feels so good," Reid said.