André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
DAEGU, South Korea:
Fresh from her first IAAF World Championships in Athletics experience, national 110m hurdles champion, Indira Spence, is brimming with confidence and believes she is ready to step up and declare herself a long-term replacement for Jamaica's aging batch of top-level sprint hurdlers.
Spence twice recorded personal records here, first posting 13.07 for fourth place in the heats before stopping the clock at 12.93 in the semi-final - good enough for fifth place.
"It's an honour to be considered like that and it makes me want to do better and work harder to get up to those levels and to inspire others," said Spence. "I am ready; I have been ready. It's about time.
"My performances here have given me more confidence that I can run 12 seconds more consistently. I have run low 13-second times quite consistently, so I'm happy I broke that barrier," Spence continued before stating her satisfaction with her work here.
"I was nervous because it was my first major championships and I didn't know what to expect, but the experience was a good one and I can't wait to get going again," Spence said. "I'm pretty pleased, I've worked really hard for it, so I'm very pleased with running my personal best here."
Spence continued: "It was a rough season, so I think I'm ok with how this championships went for me. I'm a little bit disappointed that I wasn't able to make it to the finals, but at the same time, I'm very happy with the personal best."
Spence, who ran in the semi-final heat, which included World champion Sally Pearson and bronze medallist Dawn Harper, says she was motivated by their presence to run even faster.
"I always race according to the pace, so I was happy when I got that semi-final, I was like, 'Yes I can run fast'," Spence laughed. "I knew that it was a good thing for me to have them in my semi-final because they would push me to run faster."
There are a few things, though, that she will be looking to sharpen, going into next season when she will be looking to book a ticket to the London Olympics.
"I definitely think I need to be more aggressive. That's the main thing I have to work on going into next year - be more aggressive than I am, then I'll run faster," Spence reasoned.