André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
DAEGU, South Korea:
JAMAICA's women's 800 metres finalist, Kenia Sinclair, is extremely disappointed in her performance in what was her maiden IAAF World Championships in Athletics final; and is hoping that her failure to secure a medal does not also cramp her ambitions to inspire young Jamaicans to get more involved in the event.
Sinclair started out well and was in contention for a medal up to the last 100m of the race, when she began to fade terribly, eventually ending up seventh with a time of 1:58.66.
"Today, one of my goals was to go out there and be on the podium so that I could inspire younger athletes in Jamaica who are watching the event and want to be an 800m runner to prove to them that it's possible that Jamaica can produce not only sprinters, but also middle-distance runners," said Sinclair.
Believed in my strength
"I am a bit disappointed, I knew I was in better shape or maybe I should say I thought I was in better shape to at least go 1:56.00 seconds. I knew today the race was going to be 1:56.00, it was a bit faster, so I was prepared for it and that's why I went with the pace because I believed in my strength and I believed in the work that I had done, so I went with the pace but I don't know what went wrong," said Sinclair, who had only lost once this year.
"It was an honour to be in the final, I went out there in the mind frame that I was going to be on the podium, I had the start but I just didn't have the finish as I faded badly in the last 100m," she added.
Sinclair believes that she was paying the price for the few weeks she missed in the summer due to injury and is already looking forward to the upcoming year.
"Racing once every other week didn't affect me as much, but coming here and having three rounds in four days, I definitely felt the effects of the time that I took off, so next year I'll be hoping to stay healthy and will be focusing more on my strength," Sinclair said.
"I'm not going to get discouraged, I'm going to stay positive, finish up the season on a good note and get ready for next year," she added.