Gold medallist Jones only ‘wanted to PR’ at Champs
Winning the Class Two girls discus was never on the cards for Wolmer's Girls' Aiko Jones, who surprised a strong field to take the gold medal at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships at the National Stadium yesterday with a throw of 43.37 metres.
However, the 16-year-old thrower, who had to divide her time between multiple sports and classes while preparing for the championships, says winning the gold is a great motivation and she intends to take her throwing career more serious from now on.
"I did not expect to come first. I just wanted to PR at least and make the top five, but I guess hard work pays off. At Corporate Area Champs, I came first in the shot put and second in the discus, but outside of the Corporate Area, there were people throwing better than me, so I just wanted to beat my personal best. But I PRed and PRed again, and being calm helped me maintain my composure and execute," she told The Gleaner.
Her surprise victory has given her the impetus to place more attention on developing her field event career.
"Tracks is not my only sport. In the pre-season, I was playing netball, but after the first term coming into second term my focus was track and volleyball, but as it got closer to Champs I started getting serious with the work, putting in the extra time, working, training late and came into Champs strong.
"I really surprised myself, but it feels really good. It has boosted my confidence because you see you are capable of being great. Next year is Class One, and I will be much more serious than before, and I will be going for it again," said Jones.