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One more time - Carter has eyes on another major medal

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
Carter

Before he calls time on his career, Nesta Carter wants to win another individual medal at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, he told The Gleaner after competing in the 100m A race at the JN Racers Grand Prix last weekend at the National Stadium.

The sixth-fastest man in history won a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, but has struggled to find that kind of form since due to a nagging toe injury.

His hunger for another medal was even made more pronounced when his gold medal from the 4x100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was stripped from him after fresh analysis of samples from those Games in 2016 proved that he was tested positive for a banned stimulant.

"My aim is to be on that podium at the World Championships next year in Qatar," Carter said. "Whichever colour medal I will take, I just have to keep racing until I get back into shape. I just have to keep racing in the extra work that I need to put in."

 

PLEASED WITH EFFORTS

 

Carter could only manage 10.33 seconds for fifth on the night, but he was pleased with his efforts.

"I am improving in every run I make, and I still have time (before the World Championship in September 2019)," Carter said. "I feel pretty good. It is always nice to run in Jamaica. It is a feeling that you really can't explain, running in front of your home crowd. And I just want to thank the organisers for inviting me to compete at this meet."

The 32-year-old said that his performance at the Qatar World Championships would determine if he would attempt to compete at the Tokyo Games the following year.

"Next year will be my last World Championships, and based on how we run next year, we will see if I run at the Olympics," Carter said.

Carter has a personal best time of 9.78 seconds in the 100m.