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Stronger, faster Weir ready for Racers Grand Prix

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2016 | 6:00 AMAndre Lowe
Warren Weir at a training session at the Usain Bolt track, UWI Bowl, on Monday.

Convinced he is stronger and faster than ever, Olympic 200m bronze medallist, Warren Weir, is excitedly anticipating this Saturday's Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix inside the National Stadium.

Weir will come up against Commonwealth champion Rasheed Dwyer, MVP Track Club sprinter Julian Forte, Antiguan Miguel Francis and American Wallace Spearmon in the 200m, which is set to face the starter at 8:10 p.m.

It will be the first real test in what has been an encouraging start to the season for the wiry sprinter, who has clocked times of 10.07 over the 100m and 21.23 in a windy (-4.2) effort in the 200m in April.

The sprinter has not shown his best since following up his London 2012 Olympics third-place finish with a silver medal run at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, after injury issues over the past two seasons. He crashed out at the semi-final stage of the 200m at last year's World Championships in Beijing with a seventh-placed finish.

The 26-year-old says he is looking forward to Saturday's contest and believes his preparations are heading in the right direction as he looks to book his spot on Jamaica's Olympic team later this month.

 

GOOD PREPARATION

 

"My preparation has been going very well so far," Weir told The Gleaner. "Unlike previous years, injuries are far behind us as well as other mishaps that we could not control, and we are just putting things together to come out this weekend and get a good race.

"I'm very excited to know that I will take part in the inaugural Racers Grand Prix, but also it's my first major meet of the year," added Weir. "A lot of people have been asking if I'm still in track and field because they have been seeing me in other areas of media, but this should be a real test, and I am looking forward to coming out and doing some good things."

Weir has a personal best of 19.79 in the 200m, which he registered in 2013, but he is convinced he is on course to do better this year.

"I am much faster than 2012 and much stronger than I was in 2013, so I would say I am making up for the years I lost. I am in a good place, stronger and faster, and I am ready to go," Weir assured.