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Carter determined to make Olympic team

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:19 AM

Nesta Carter had a spring in his step last Saturday at the Central Hurdles and Relays.

After dispatching the field in his section of the 60 metres, the 2012 Olympic 4x100m gold medallist revealed that he is preparing to challenge for a spot on Jamaica’s team to the Tokyo Olympics.

Now 34, Carter had the fourth-fastest time overall, 6.92 seconds, but that was into a solid opposing wind of 2.3 metres per second. Time aside, the 2013 World Championship 100 metre third-place finisher looked quick.

“I’m feeling pretty good”, the fast-starting two-time Olympian confirmed afterwards.

“You know, it’s the first race of the season, (I am) gearing up for next weekend so I just wanted to come out here to see where I’m at,” he said with his mind possibly on the Grace Jackson/Queen’s Invitational this Saturday.

He won the 60 metres there last year.

Good training

The MVP sprinter reported that training has been good so far.

“We’re just trying to put in the work because you know it’s a short year. We just have to get things cracking from early,” he explained.

His target is Tokyo and the Olympic Games, which start at the end of July.

“Definitely, definitely, it’s going to be my last Olympics, so I definitely need to get everything together so I can dominate it,” he said with a determined tone.

Asked about expected times, Carter refrained and said, “I don’t know. I just have to keep running and see where the times come.”

His personal best of 9.78 seconds was set in 2010 and ranks him as the fourth-fastest Jamaican of all time.

Carter isn’t the only MVP sprinter with big plans.

Emre Zafer Barnes, who represents Turkey, was a strong fourth in another section of the 60 metres won by Oshane Bailey of Sprintec Track Club. A satisfying block of training has made the former Jamaica College athlete optimistic.

“I’m in good condition, I have been training really hard at the Stephen Francis club, MVP, and we’ve been doing some good work since December coming into January, so we’re looking forward to a very good indoor season,” Barnes said.

One of his targets is to push his lifetime best in the 100 metres past the 10-second barrier.

“It’s been on my agenda for a while and I need to get it off the list. As I said before, I’ve been doing a lot of work, putting the training on the track and in the gym so (things are) looking really good this season, so I want to do well and break that sub-10,” resolved the 31-year-old with a best time of 10.08 seconds.

Hubert Lawrence