Sun | Mar 24, 2019

Ja’s sprinting will bounce back – Tracey

Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 12:25 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer
Tracey

National 100-metre champion Tyquendo Tracey believes that Jamaican sprinting will soon “show out” again. Positioned after a solid 2018 season to be part of the renaissance, Tracey says Jamaica always has good athletes. For himself, he is focused on the World Championships in Qatar.

Queried about Jamaica’s sprint prospects, the 25-year-old Tracey said, “For me, the last two years, our sprinting has basically declined in a sense, but, I mean, it will go back up because we always have a crop of talented athletes.”

In his search for a reason behind the perceived lull, he offered, “It’s just that sometimes we get, I mean, I don’t know if I should say ‘caught up’, but I mean, sometimes these athletes do lose focus and people start going backwards, but I think it’s going to start picking up this year.”

Mindful that the nation has 11 active sub-10 100-metre men, he said that there is enough firepower to return to the top of world sprinting.

“Yes, yes, Jamaica is going to be good. We’re definitely going to push ourselves out there again and show the world that this thing that we had going back then is no fluke, and we always have good athletes, and we’re going to show out again.”

In 2018, he joined the band of Jamaicans to break 10 seconds for the 100 metres, with times of 9.96 and 9.98 seconds in London, and took a National Championships, North American Central American and Caribbean Championships, and Athletics World Cup triple.

‘VERY GOOD YEAR’

“It was a very good year,” he said. “It was a bit up and down, based on certain little pains I was feeling foot-wise, but I pushed through nonetheless and got the job done,” Tracey explained.

Now in his first stint of training abroad, Tracey has his eyes on the prize.

“The main goal is just to come here in July, hopefully, if the trials is pushed back to then, and, I mean, get into the top three in whatever events I decide to do. If it’s the 100m and 200m or just the 100m, I’ll just go out there and do great, top off my previous season, do much better this season, because I don’t plan to do what I did last year.”

The 20.39 200-metre man said, “I always want to do better than the year before.”

After several years at the MVP Track Club in Kingston, the former Garvey Maceo High School athlete is training in Jacksonville with the likes of Canadian star André deGrasse, Briton Adam Gemili, and fellow Jamaican Seno-J Givans.

“It’s a totally different environment,” he said. “The only thing I really miss where I was is my friends that I had, but the training camp itself is awesome.”

“The target is always to win,” he said, expressing his goals for the World Championships without a hint of bravado. “If I don’t win, then it’s just God’s will, but my target is always to win.”