André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Calabar High star Michael O'Hara is expected to get a significant amount of his school's points in Class Two, but the all round athlete says he is not feeling the pressure, as he promises a 'very fast' 200m final.
O'Hara, who comfortably won his heat in 21.62 over medal contender Raheem Chambers of St Jago, who did 22.47, will, of course, need to secure his spot in the final through tonight's semi-finals, but the youngster is already projecting something special when the final rolls around on Saturday.
"I can't say what the time is going to be, but I know it is going to be a very fast time in that final," said O'Hara, who will also be competing in the 100m, 110m hurdles and 4x100m.
Those are all events that he is expected to medal in, if not win, but the youngster says he doesn't mind the expectations and is not burdened by the fact that his school will be relying heavily on his output.
"For me there is no pressure on getting those points," O'Hara underlined. "It's something I have been doing for three years now, so I am not feeling any pressure with that. I know what to do and what is expected."
O'Hara showed his class in yesterday's heat with a powerful run on the curve before he continued to put daylight between himself and last year's Class Three champion, Chambers.
"The race was very comfortable for me, I just wanted to get out, run a strong 100m and keep my form through to the end, and I believe I did that," said O'Hara.
"I wasn't really thinking about Chambers being in the race, I know that I am a better 200m runner than he is, so I wasn't too worried," O'Hara added.
O'Hara has a 200m personal best of 21.51, which was recorded at last year's championships.