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C'wealth Games next for Russell

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Calabar High's De'Jour Russell on his way to victory in the Class One boys 110 metres hurdles final at the National Stadium at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships. Russell completed the event in a record 13.10 seconds.

Calabar High's star Class One sprint hurdler, De'Jour Russell, confirmed yesterday that he will be competing at next month's Commonwealth Games in Australia.

" ... Just look out for me at the Commonwealth Games," a confident Russell said after his record run in the 110 metres hurdles on yesterday's final day of the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships.

There had been a lot of speculation as to whether the talented hurdler would have competed at the championships after he was selected among Jamaica's provisional list of athletes for next month's Games, but Russell came out for his event on Friday, and he has now broken his own record.

"For me, I can't wait for it (the Games)," said Russell. "I know that I will be going up against the big boys, but I know that I am ready," said Russell. "It is all training from now on for me because I am really motivated at this time to go to the Commonwealth Games."

Russell, who turns 18 years old on April 1, was fourth in the 110m hurdles at the 2017 National Senior Championships. His time of 13.10 seconds yesterday erased his previous mark of 13.21, which he set last year.

The athlete said that he was not aiming for the record but was happy that he broke it in the end.

"I wasn't coming here to break any record. I just went out to get maximum points for my team," said Russell," who is the reigning IAAF World Under-18 champion.

"I think it was just God's work, and so it was a blessing for me come out here and break another record," he said.

"It has been a rough season, and so I am just happy that I was able to compete at Champs injury free, and so I am glad that I am able to overcome everything with the help of God," Russell stated.