JC's DaCosta remains positive despite injury concern
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Jamaica College (JC) middle-distance athlete, Waquar DaCosta, looked everything but comfortable during yesterday's opening day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Cham-pionships, limping across the finish line in his Class One 800m heat.
DaCosta, who went down during the 4x800m at the recent Gibson Relays, returned to the National Stadium with a heavily bandaged left hamstring and looked uneasy throughout the heat; surrendering his lead to Jordane Black (Cornwall College), 1:58.52 at the end after obviously favouring his injured leg.
The JC standout finished second in 1:58.59, but the grimace on his face told a bigger story, as he struggled to the mixed zone.
With the semi-final round of the event scheduled for later today and the final set for Saturday, the athlete will not have a lot of time to recover. However, the former CARIFTA Games double gold medallist and International Association of Athletics Federations World Youth Championships representative, is hoping to continue his Champs quest despite the concerns.
DaCosta, 18, assessed his condition at 75 per cent, but remains positive that he will be able to play a role in his team's championship efforts despite the discomfort.
"I honestly don't know, I'm just trying to stay positive because if I don't have a positive mindset I would have already defeated myself and, hopefully, I will be able to deliver for my school," said DaCosta, shortly after his race.
"I would say I am 75 per cent fit at this point. By Saturday it's highly likely that I'll be there (in the final), I cannot be sure but, hopefully, I just pray to God and ask him to guide me through this," DaCosta added.
DaCosta, who also had problems last year and ended up finishing sixth in the finals, downplayed the injury and highlighted that his focus this year is not necessarily to win the event, but rather to pick up points for his school.
"Anything is possible, I am confident that the team can win and I'm also confident that I can do it for them in the finals as well. It doesn't matter if I get the gold medal or not, once I can make it to the final and contribute some points to a win, I'll be happy with that," said DaCosta.
"I'm feeling a bit all right, it's just that the injury is nagging me a bit. I don't think it's anything major, so I just have to go back in the shop and fix it up back and get ready for the next round. Hopefully, everything is all right," he added.