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I’m excited about the season ahead - Russell

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 5:00 AM
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There will no doubt be a quiz question in the future as to who was the first Jamaican athlete to compete in Africa's inaugural Diamond League meeting and the answer will be: Janieve Russell.

Russell underpinned her sense of occasion by recording a personal best time of 54.16 seconds to win the 400m hurdles in Rabat, Morocco, yesterday.

The great thing about Jamaica's track and field set-up is that while the nation continues to claim medals, there is also a group of aspiring athletes who will be the next generation of medal winners, and the effervescent Russell could be among that number.

A delighted Russell told The Gleaner: "It was an OK race. It was not executed as perfectly as my coach wanted me to, but it shows me that I am on the right track and the times are coming down.

"I stumbled down the home straight and that threw me out a little bit. But there's a lot more races to come and I'm excited about the season ahead."

Like most athletes, Russell has the Olympics on her mind and she is clear about her future ambitions.

 

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"The first step on my ladder is to make the Olympic team. Secondly, I want to make all three rounds in Rio and then, thirdly, I want a medal!

"It will be a strong team out in Brazil and I love the competition."

As for being a part of history, Russell enthused: "Morocco is a very special place. I'm proud to be here, as is my country and family.

"The atmosphere and people are great. I feel very pleased about what Jamaica is doing in the sprints and sprint hurdles over the years. I'm just glad to be part of it all."