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Russell says injury wasn't serious

Published:Monday | April 3, 2017 | 4:00 AMLivingston Scott
Dejour Russell of Calabar High in the Class1 110m Hurdles final at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

Calabar's 110m hurdles Boys' Championship winner and record breaker De'Jour Russell says despite all the speculations surrounding the seriousness of his injury coming into the championships, he was never badly hurt.

The powerful sprinter had an injury setback just a couple weeks ahead of the championship, but overcame that mishap and stormed to victory in record time in the class One 110m hurdles at the just concluded ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

"Talk about my injury was always speculation. It was nothing serious, it wasn't that severe, but people can talk. That's the least to me. I just went out and gave my best and did what I had to do, and I give God thanks for the victory," he told The Gleaner.

He revealed that his coaches stopped him from participating in the 100m and the 4x100m just to keep him as fresh as possible for his target event.

"The reason I boycotted the 100m is to get more rest, so I could go out and execute even better in the hurdles. I wasn't expecting a record. I just went out to give maximum points to my team, and that (record) came off.

"I hadn't raced in like about three weeks, so that was like a sharpening-up race for me but I am thankful. It must be God's work because, as I said, I didn't come out for any record; I just came for the points for my team," he explained.

The big sprinter added that his victory would not be satisfying unless Calabar won the championship, and his nine points from the hurdles turned out to be invaluable, as Calabar nipped the championship by three points from mighty rivals Kingston College

"My success is not a success until we win the championship. but I feel confident. My team won't let me down. We are fighters, we are lions!" he added.