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Russell unhappy with sixth place, slow time

Published:Friday | September 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe

BRUSSELS, Belgium:

Janieve Russell was left disappointed after yesterday's sixth place finish in the 400m hurdles at the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme Brussels Diamond League final inside the King Baudouin Stadium.

The time on the clock - 55.60, did not reflect the sort of performance she had in mind, in fact, only once had she gone slower this season and that was all the way back in May at the Prefontaine Classic.

In couldn't have come at a most delicate time for the Olympic and World Championships finalist, who admitted that she has been struggling to maintain confidence in herself since her surprising failure to qualify for the World Championships in London this Summer.

"I'm disappointed, I wanted to end the season with a personal best but that didn't happen," said Russell, whose best time in the 400m hurdles stands at 53.96 seconds, which makes her the sixth fastest Jamaican of all time in the event behind Melaine Walker, 52.42; Kaliese Spencer, 52.79; Deon Hemmings, 52.82; Ristananna Tracey, 53.74 and Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes, 53.88.

"I don't think I executed my last part of the race very well and I think that was the problem. I have been having a little trouble since after the World Championships with training but I really wanted a PB here but that obviously didn't happen," she added.

Russell believes she will have to apply herself better from a psychological perspective in the coming season as she works to really put this season's disappointments behind her.


Training hard


"I have been training hard so I think it's a mental thing right now and next year I will be working on it to have more confidence in myself because not making the World Championships team took a toll on my mind and I guess that's why I have been struggling to perform once that happened; hopefully next year I can get it together," said Russell.

"I am having a disappointing run, I was back in Jamaica training by myself, came here hoping to redeem myself and end with a personal best but next year I am hoping to approach it differently. Hopefully I can use this year to learn from my mistakes, train really hard and start fresh next season," Russell added.

The event and the Diamond Race title was won by American Dalilah Muhammad in 53.89 seconds. Second place went to Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic), 53.93, with another American, Ashley Spencer, 54.92, finishing third.