Edino keen to prove steely character
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Up-and-coming quarter-miler Edino Steele admitted that he still feels disappointed after being overlooked for a leg on Jamaica's ill-fated 4x400m relay team at last year's London Olympic Games.
However, the 25-year-old, who led the Racers Track Club to a win over their Racers Lions teammates in the Clubs and Institutions' 4x400m at last Saturday's Gibson Relays, is looking to make the most of certain career changes, with a view of giving himself greater claim at this year's IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow.
As a fifth-placed finisher at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/ Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships last year, Steele only made the Olympic team as a member of the relay pool, but with Racers head coach Glen Mills now steering his development, the athlete is looking ahead with confidence.
"All experiences are good experience and I think if I had the chance to show what I could do at the Olympics, we wouldn't be in the situation that we were in last year," said Steele, in reference to the team failing to finish after the apparently injured Jermaine Gonzales pulled up on his leg.
"I can say I have put it behind me, but sometimes it still depresses me that I didn't get the chance to show the public what I can do," said Steele, who was in line to replace Gonzales.
"Mentally, I am happy, physically I am getting there, it's a different group and coach Mills is doing a lot of things with me that I did not know I was capable of doing and he is utilising what I do best, that is speed, and trying to get me stronger as well, so I'm looking forward to what I will do this year," said the two-time IAAF World Indoor Championships participant.
"The last two years was with coach (Bert) Cameron and that was great, but it's something different and new now and I'm excited about the possibilities," Steele added. "Nothing happens before the time, I am still very young; just turned 25 and this is the time to go, and I think we can only get better from here."
Steele, who did just enough to hold off a fast-closing Yohan Blake on the anchor leg on Saturday, also spoke of his outing at the Gibson Relays and the friendly rivalry between his clubs, short sprints and 400m groups.
"Things were great, I tried some new things and tested my strength ahead of the season, so overall it was a good meet for me, no complaints. I just have to talk to the coach and see what I did wrong and fix those," said Steele.
And about that anchor leg?
"Blake? I was just looking at the finish line, picked a spot and went to get it. I could not wait for him to come catch me, he is a sprinter with the potential to run 9.5 and so on, so it's a push and I am looking to reach higher levels also in my event under the new coaching of Glen Mills," Steele added.
"But yes, we do have a little rivalry with them (sprinters), we want to beat them and they want to beat us but they don't like the pain of training for the 400m and we can endure that. So when it comes to the 4x400m it's a challenge for all of us, a battle between us, but that's it for the season, we can say we walked away with it this time," he laughed.
Steele, a finalist at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, has a 400m personal best of 45.38, which he recorded at trials last year.