Jumper vows to come back strong
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
Edwin Allen High's Danique Bryan, the hot favourite for gold, was in tears yesterday after the Class-Three girls' high jump final on the second day of the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Champ-ionships at the National Stadium.
Bryan who had dominated the event all season failed to even make it to the medal podium.
"I know that I was the favourite to win the event but it was disappointing for me as I came fourth," a teary-eyed Bryan said after the event.
"What has really uplifted me, however, is that my teammate went out and did her best and came first," she added.
The 15-year-old Bryan had cleared 1.75 metres at Central Championships, just .02m outside of the girls' Champs record but could only manage 1.65m yesterday. Her teammate, Onessa Patten, was expected to battle for a minor medal, but took the event with a clearance of 1.70m.
Bryan is already looking forward to getting a medal as she is down to compete in two other events.
"I plan to fix this problem in the Class-Three long jump where I am going to do my best to win and the sprint medley open. Those are the events coming up for me, so I have to take my revenge in them," Bryan expressed. "I am determined not to leave this championship without a gold medal," she further declared.
The preliminaries for her upcoming events take place today to be followed by the finals on Saturday.
Bryan who lost her father in 2006 is sad that he is not around to see her do well at the Championships.
"Family support has been very good although it is only my mother," Bryan pointed out. "I am sorry that my father didn't live to see me achieve, so I can at least pay him back for some of what he has done for me," she added.