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'I could get used to this' Ramone Bailey wants to make habit of winning

Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 11:17 PMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
Ramone Bailey competing in the Men's long jump at the GC Foster Classics at the National Stadium on Saturday, March 11, 2018.

Barranquilla, Colombia:

After he stood atop the podium and listened to the national anthem permeate the Rafael Cotes Stadium here, Ramone Bailey, the new Central American and Caribbean Games Long Jump champion, said the experience is something that he wants to get use to. Bailey, who was winning his first gold medal for the country, said that the dream of winning more gold medals for Jamaica can become a reality if he corrects a few bad habits.

"Hearing the national anthem after winning a gold medal for Jamaica is something that I have imagined doing over and over again and it is something that I want to get use to," Bailey said.

"I think to get to the level of winning more medals, I have to correct some bad habits like not holding the hang position, and my landing. If I can correct these, I can get in the 8.5, 8.6m category.

"I think I am fast even enough and driven enough to compete with the best in the world. I just have to correct those technical things."

The former Wolmers' Boys School athlete, whose personal best is 8.16ms, produced a gutsy final jump of 8.07m to reclaim the gold medal position after he was overtaken by Tyrone Smith, of Bermuda, on his final attempt with 8.03m. Bailey had taken the early lead on his first attempt with 8m.

According to Bailey, his experience at the JAAA National Senior Athletics Championships over the past two seasons helped him to deliver the gold medal.

"It is not the first time that I had to jump big on my final attempt to win. I did it last year at trials (National Championship) and this year again. So I knew once I held my composure I could do it," Bailey said.

The David Riley coached athlete will have another shot at hearing the national anthem while standing atop the podium before the season ends, as he is scheduled to participate at the senior NACAC Championships next week in Toronto, Canada.

"Hopefully I can pull out a big performance next week, and it would be nice to hear the national anthem again," Bailey said.