Cunningham happy with 400m hurdles switch
National 400 metres hurdler Ricardo Cunningham has said that he made the switch to the event from the 800 metres because he felt that he was wasting his time doing the two-lap race.
Cunningham made the national team for the IAAF World Championships in London next month, after finishing third in the 400m hurdles at last month's JAAA's National Senior Athletics Championship, clocking a personal best time of 48.83 seconds, behind Jaheel Hyde and Kemar Mowatt who clocked 48.53 for first and second respectively.
The 35 year old, who had earlier moved from the MVP Track to the Visions Track Club, said that changing events was solely his idea.
"I actually left MVP because I wanted to do the 400m hurdles. That was the sole reason for me leaving there," he said.
"I actually started training for the 400 hurdles last season because I thought that I was actually wasting my time doing the 800m, because I was training hard, doing all the necessaries and things were just not falling into place. I actually lost confidence in the 800m programme."
Cunningham said that his improvement in the 400m hurdles, which he said he has ran roughly 12 times, comes down to his coach Floyd Quarrie's patience with him.
"He (Quarrie) identified issues that I needed to work on and we actually look at it as a team," Cunningham said. "He's a patient person, trust me. Hurdling is very technical and he picks up things that I can't see and I may not be knowledgeable in the sense of adopting to the event. He has some experience in coaching hurdles before so he tries his best to get things better step by step."
Cunningham is now looking ahead to London and said that for now he is just taking things in stride and being realistic about his performance at the Championships.
"Expectations are somewhat high but I'm still not pressuring myself because this will be my first major championships. I haven't gone beyond the Commonwealth so far. So this will be the major one. I'm going to do the best I can on the day because I'm preparing for it both mentally and physically," he said.