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It's been a rough year - But Stewart aims to 'rise to the occasion'

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Jamaican sprinter Kerron Stewart (right) speaks with her teammate, Melaine Walker, while they walk after a training session at the University of Birmingham, England, on Tuesday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

André Lowe,  Senior Staff Reporter


Olympic 100m silver medallist Kerron Stewart has been steadily working herself back into form, plugging away at training every day as she quietly prepares herself to mount a medal challenge at the London Olympic Games.

Despite being the sixth-fastest woman in the world this year with a 10.94 season best, Stewart has seen better days, with a string of injury issues affecting her preparation this year.

However, for Stewart, being an outsider is not a problem, and despite fitness concerns the sprinter is looking forward to putting her best foot forward at the Olympic Games.

"It's going good, training has been going good at this point," said Stewart. "Whether you think you are 100 per cent or not, this is the Olympic Games and you just have to rise to the occasion and compete to the best of your ability.

"I'm looking forward to competing here; it's been a very rough year for me, but I have been working hard and I am hoping to do well here," she said.

Stewart, who finished third in the 100m at the Jamaican Olympic trials a few weeks ago, says she has been doing a lot of work since then as she looks to improve her chances at the Games.

She, however, pointed out that she would not be focusing on any particular aspect of her race, preferring to work instead on all phases of the 100m.

"I'm just working on the complete race. There is never one specific thing that I am working on because sometimes when you do that you just take away from the whole thing," said Stewart, who went on to comment on the weather in Birmingham.

"It's been great, the weather has improved and we hope it will stay this way, but regardless of the weather we will have to go out there and compete anyway. This is the Olympics so it (weather) is not a big deal at all," said Stewart.

Stewart will join national champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown as Jamaica's representatives in the 100m in London.

, July 24, 2012.