Sinclair setting the pace in distance running
Ryon Jones, Sunday Gleaner Writer
National 800m record holder and many-time national champion over the distance, Kenia Sinclair, is doing her part in trying to spark more interest in distance running in the sprint capital of the world, as she went out in the 1500m on Friday's second day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Associations/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships being held at the National Stadium.
Sinclair took the event in four minutes, 18.00 seconds ahead of Korene Hinds, 4:19.93 and Rolanda Bell (4:22.58).
"My goal is always to win when I come here and to inspire the younger athletes who want to participate in the longer events," Sinclair shared after her race on Friday evening. "So I decided that I was just going to come and run both the 800m and the 1500m and just approach it as a training workout."
She added: "There is not much emphasis on distance running, so by putting out good performances and trying to be up there with the world, I would inspire the athletes here that they have hope in doing an event over the 400m."
Sinclair also enjoyed success in the 1500m at the Adidas Grand Prix on Randalls Island, New York, earlier this month, reigniting the question of whether or not she will be doubling at the World Championships later this year.
"No (I will not be doubling), I am just working on strength, so I do a little 1500m here and there," Sinclair outlined.
"I have to mentally prepare for it (the 1500m) and get to like the event as much as I like the 800m," she added.
Sinclair has not been able to transfer the promise shown in 2006, into success at the World Championships and Olympics level. She captured silver at the 2006 World Indoor Championships, setting a new indoor record in the process, and repeated her silver medal success at the Commonwealth Games later that year.
"It is a bit disappointing not getting a medal, but I am still thankful because it could have been worse," Sinclair shared, while pointing out that she is just happy to be running given her injury.
"I have a herniated disorder that I have been battling, so for me to compete at the level that I am competing, I'm happy."
She added: "That is what I love to do, my goal is always to make the final and try to be in medal contention. But I am happy that I am able to make my country's team and be there to participate for my country."
The 31-year-old has no plans of retiring soon.
"As time goes by I am kind of getting over it (her injury) a little, so I am just praying that it holds off until I decide to retire," she expressed.
"I am still a sweet 30, so I don't think I am going to retire anytime soon," she added.