Quarter milers reflect on Istanbul experience

Published: Sunday | March 11, 2012 Comments 0

ISTANBUL, Turkey:

Things did not turn out the way that Jamaica's IAAF World Indoor Championships quarter-mile pair of Patricia Hall and Dominique Blake had planned as both athletes failed in their bid to advance beyond the semi-final stage in Istanbul, Turkey.

Blake posted 53.00 seconds while Hall crossed the line in 53.21 in their respective semi-finals last Friday, both ending in third place and out of contention for spots in the final.

It was not the result that either was expecting, but rather than focus on the losses, they are paying keen attention to the experience and lessons learnt.

While Hall, who many expected to make the final, will leave Turkey a disappointed young lady, Blake is happy with her effort, even if she did not manage to accomplish her main objective, which was to record a personal best.

"It's a bit disappointing, but I think two 400m races in one day got my legs," said Hall after her semi-final. "I may not have been fully prepared to run two 400m races in one day."

"I probably should have executed differently, but that race is now gone and I will focus on my next race, which I'm sure will be better," she added.

"I was the fastest in the race and I know I have the strength, I just think that I may not have been ready for these two races. I count it as a big loss for me but I won't dwell on it. I will work harder and move on from here," said Hall, who has been based in Estonia for the past couple of weeks.

Happy with execution

Blake, on the other hand, was happy with the execution of the race, taking a more positive take on her efforts.

"My plan was to go out there and execute a good race, I think the execution part was pretty good and I stuck to the plan. It came down to the last three," said Blake. "I wanted to get a personal best, it didn't happen but I am still grateful for the experience I got here."

"I would have loved to finish a little stronger, I don't know if it was in me or I had the legs for it, I did the best I could," said Blake.

- A. L.

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