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Here to do my best - Levy

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's sprint hurdler Ronald Levy said he is in good shape going into the IAAF World Indoor Championships and is determined to win his first major international medal.

Levy will enter the championships oozing confidence, having ran a personal time of 7.49 seconds, which is the fifth fastest time so far this year; to win the men's 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Tour in Glasgow on Sunday.

Showing his class, the MVP hurdler got the better of an impressive field that featured some big names such as second place finisher and world record holder Aries Merritt, (7.53 seconds) and Great Britain's Andrew Pozzi, who was third in 7.60 seconds.

"My chances of winning a medal are good based on the times that I have been running because I wasn't really training and so to run 7.49 seconds is good," Levy told The Gleaner after a training session at the Alexander Stadium.

"I am just physically preparing now and so whatever I do in the championships, I will be pleased with it, because I just want to compete and compete healthy," he said.

 

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Levy, who is the only competitor for Jamaica in the event following the withdrawal of defending champion Omar McLeod, added that he is not concerned by any perceived added pressure, which might have been placed on him to win a medal for country.

"I am here to do what I can do because I am not really thinking about the competition," said Levy.

"I am just basically thinking about executing my race and whatever happens, happens ... I am just going out there to compete to the best of best of my ability," Levy added.

"I am basically trying to compete healthy and so if me competing healthy at my best level, shows that I am a true competitor or a world class athlete, then that is that and so I am not really putting any pressure on myself," Levy stated.

The heats of the men's 60m hurdles is scheduled to begin on Saturday.