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IAAF World Indoors: Athletes get ready to bow into action

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 1:23 PMRobert Bailey

BIRMINGHAM, England 

Jamaica’s athletes had their first training session at the Arena Birmingham this morning (Jamaica time) ahead of today’s start of the World Indoor Championships here.

However, MVP Track Club athletes, double Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson, sprint hurdler Ronald Levy and 400m runners Janieve Russell and Stephenie-Ann McPherson, were not present at this morning’s training session. 

Team manager Michael Frater told The Gleaner that the MVP athletes were given permission to train at the Alexandra Stadium (a warm-up track) with their coach Stephen Francis.

“Everybody looks good because it was a pretty nice shakeout and so it is just for the athletes to have a good night's rest and just go out and compete at a high level,” said Frater.  

“It is all systems go tomorrow because everybody is excited and ready to go. It is a young set of hungry athletes, mixed with some seniors and so I know that they will go out and do their best for the country,” he said. The training session at the Arena Birmingham was supervised by coaches Michael Vassell and Danny Haughton

Jamaica won three medals - gold, silver and bronze - at the 2016 championships in the United States.