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In the form of my life - Carter

Published:Saturday | July 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott
Deuce Carter

After running an impressive 13.21 seconds to finish second in the 110m hurdles at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships to qualify for his first Olympic team recently, Deuce Carter says he is in the best form of his life.

Carter also ran 13.20 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix a few weeks ago and then nearly eclipsing, despite a less-than-perfect race at the trials, but his aspiration is to be on the medal podium in Rio in August, and he doesn't think he's far off.

"I think I have a good chance of making the (Olympic) final because, right now, I am ranked top six in the world, so I think I deserve to be there. There is always room for improvement, so I am basically working on my technique and my finish, especially my finish.

"But it can get better, (I took) one hundreth (of a seconds) off my PB and the last part of my race (at the trials) was bad, so that has me wondering what could have been had I not hit the hurdle," he told The Gleaner yesterday.

"I am definitely in my best form. I'm in my 13.2s and I have never been there. So look out for me (at the Olympic Games) doing my best and being a competitor throughout. But getting a spot on the podium would the best feeling ever. So going that far and coming back with something would be great.

"But you have to really have belief, and I really think I can make the podium. I just have to believe in myself and get to the final. Take it in steps and stride, doing it one step at a time, from the heats to the second round, and motivate myself that I can do this," he continued.

Carter finished behind favourite Omar McLeod at the National Championships and he admitted that the absence of training partner Hansle Parchment placed him under less pressure and gave him greater confidence of making the team.

"Being that my teammate wasn't there, I had to basically secure my spot by getting anywhere in the top two because I knew I had the qualifying standard already. Parchment is one of the best, so there was less pressure; and I only had Omar to really focus on, so I was more relaxed.

"The execution in the last part (of the race) was not what I wanted, but I had to deal with it. It is something I can work on, and the training that I am under now is much more vigorous than before trials, as I was just sharpening up for the trials," he explained.