Facey secures 200m second at Stockholm Diamond League
Joel Campbell, Gleaner Writer
American Allyson Felix’s sub-22 second stadium record over the 200m was never under threat at the Stockholm Diamond League today, but Simone Facey was glad to secure a second place finish in the half-lap sprint behind British winner Dina Asher-Smith.
Competing against some of the names she will see in Rio should she secure a spot at the Olympic Games later this year, Facey, 31, said she will need to improve her bend running if she is to make the type of inroads on the 200m that she expects from herself.
“Overall I still think I can run the curve a little better, I’ll keep working at it. I was just happy I was able to come out here and do my best. I am going home healthy and now I can just focus on doing the trials,” she enthused.
Facey added: “I expected the weather to be better to tell you the truth, but that’s just a part of it. It’s the same for everyone. I just have to fix my running around the curve, it wasn’t the best today. I need to fix that straight away because I don’t want to put myself in a hole trying to make up for a poor curve. Once I do that I will be ok. It’s all about my execution that needs to be better.
“I’m pleased with the time, it’s wet, cold and I ran into a negative wind. So not a bad run overall but I see room for improvement.”
Facey clocked 22.81 to take second place behind race winner Britain's Asher-Smith, 22.72.
Britain's Desiree Henry registered a personal best 22.88, to secure third place.