McPherson happy with London run
"What was the time?"
Stephenie-Ann McPherson was a picture of satisfaction as she considered her performance.
Sure, 50.40 seconds isn't a time that is supposed to get that sort of reaction from an elite quarter-miler like herself, but throw the fact that she is coming off a torrid week of training, which went up to a day before her competition at the Muller Anniversary Games - the London Diamond League, and her grin becomes perfectly understandable.
"It tells me that I am in great form, that I am where I want to be,? she said of her time, which, as impressive as it was, given the circumstances, could not get her close to Rio 2016 gold-medal favourite Shaunae Miller from The Bahamas, who not only lowered her personal best, but dropped the fastest time in the world this year - 49.55 seconds to add even more shine to her star.
"It (time) shows that I am in really good form and all I have to do is maintain and continue training as I have been for the past few months and push for a top three finish at the Olympics," McPherson added.
"It's always good to come out here and compete with these girls, I had a pretty rough training week this week, it was really heavy and to come out here and run 50.40, oh my God!"
Is she unbeatable
American Natasha Hastings was third in 50.49, but can anyone stop Miller this year?
"I can't say she is unbeatable. Anything is possible. I know what my training is like and I'm confident. She is a very good competitor and athlete, she can become one of the greatest but I'm just focusing on my training, my lane and following my coach's instructions," said McPherson.
That coach, the famed Stephen Francis of the MVP Track Club, is someone whose instruction, she admits, she has never always followed - something she has been working on and something she feels is showing the results.
"... I don't think I have always done that over the last few years and I see where I have gone wrong," McPherson offered.
McPherson was losing for the first time in her last seven starts, with a winning streak that included the Oslo Diamond League and the National Senior Championships.
- André Lowe