Tue | Aug 22, 2017

I will be back – Sinclair

Published:Monday | August 22, 2016 | 8:00 AMAndre Lowe
Kenia Sinclair(centre) competes in her heat of the women's 800m at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last week Wednesday. Sinclair finished seventh in 2:03.76 seconds and failed to advance.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:

Disappointed by her performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, experienced Jamaican 800m athlete, Kenia Sinclair, said she will certainly look to compete at next year's World Championships in London, England.

Sinclair, who was making her return to the big stage after a couple seasons of injury problems, didn't have the comeback she was hoping for and finished seventh in her heat in 2:03.76 - her worst time in years.

The 36-year-old had not represented Jamaica since a herniated disc forced her out of the London Olympics in 2012, but was easily Jamaica's leading athlete over the distance prior to that, finishing sixth in the final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and also making the final at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. She is also the owner of the national record time of 1:57.88, which she did in 2006.

"I am a bit disappointed. It's my last Olympics and I always come to a championship and make my way into the final, so for me to get knocked out in the heat is a very tough one. But I'm thankful I was able to finish without pain, I'm still healthy; it was one of those days," Sinclair said.

"I couldn't end my season and career like this today. I have to redeem myself and I will definitely be there in 2017 at the World Championships," Sinclair said. "I just have to build on this. I am four years ahead of where I was last year and the most important thing is that I am healthy.

"Today was just a tough race mentally, lining up here today was mentally tough. I think I put mental stress on myself because the time that won my heat (2:01.58), I have also been doing very consistently in my workouts. I was in way better shape than 2:03; I haven't run that in forever," she added.

She was, however, thrilled at the fact that three Jamaicans competed in the event for the first time in history.

"Every year the competition gets tougher and tougher. When I was going out on the line and there was another Jamaican competing, with another to come, I was overjoyed. To see since I've been competing for 14-plus years we now have three girls competing in this event at a meet like this is really satisfying. If I was supposed to walk away tomorrow, I am happy to have helped to build the foundation to let people know that we aren't just a sprint factory, but we also have world-class middle-

distance runners," she said.