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Preparation going great, says Day

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 6:00 AMHubert Lawrence
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Christine Day is looking forward to this week's National Senior Championships with confidence.

Day, the 29-year-old reigning 400-metre champion, says her preparation has gone very well. She has been particularly encouraged by her early-season form.

"I'm feeling really confident with where I'm at and I'm really looking forward to next week," said Day after a Cameron Blazers training session last Saturday morning.

"Preparation has been going very great, and, I mean, my weak areas improved a lot and I'm much stronger running and so confidence level is really high," added Day, who finished fourth last year in the 400m at the World Championships.

Two early-season clockings of 51.09 seconds have filled the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze-medal winner with optimism. She was beaming when she produced the first of them in a win in Ostrava.

"Yes, I was," she reflected, "because, normally, the start of the season is always when I'm really struggling, so going to Europe and running 51.09 early, I was really excited, even though I know I put in the work."

Day moved from the MVP Track Club to Cameron Blazers at the end of a 2015 campaign, which saw her win the nationals. She isn't disturbed by her loss to World bronze medallist, Shericka Jackson, at the Racers Grand Prix some weeks ago as her fast early pace was apparently an experiment planned by coach Bert Cameron.

"It was OK, but I did a little mishap somewhere along the way, but coach already pointed that out."

She speaks very highly of Cameron.

"It really boosts my confidence a lot and knowing that I'm working with an experienced quarter-miler coach who has been there and done that."

 

DYNAMIC FIRST LEG

 

Day broke the World Championships 4x400m race open with a dynamic first leg to give Jackson a lead with Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills completing the victory for Jamaica.

This year, Jackson, Williams-Mills, Chris-Ann Gordon and Day are the four fastest Jamaicans. Nine others have met the Olympic qualifying standard of 52.20 seconds.

Jackson and Day, the 10th fastest Jamaican of all-time, set personal bests of 49.99 and 50.14 seconds, respectively, in last year's World Championship final.