Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Oshane Bailey, Jamaica's 2010 national 100m champion is hoping the gold medal he won in Moscow in August will be the fillip he needs to advance his career to the next level.
The 24-year-old sprinter won his first global gold medal as a member of Jamaica's winning sprint relay squad at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in the Russian capital. It was a win that gave Jamaica it's record-setting fifth straight global sprint relay title and crowned an outstanding championship for the world's sprint factory.
Ever since he arrived at the senior level, Bailey's career has been highlighted by a few bright moments followed by many moments of misery.
"There have been a lot of injuries," said the Calabar old boy, who was among several athletes and coaches honoured at a special ceremony held at his alma mater recently. "Every time it comes around to the national championships, my hamstring starts to hurt, so I am working on that right now to get my hamstrings strong for 2014."
It was at a national championship three years ago that Bailey, in the absence of Jamaica's major sprint stars, rose to prominence, when he took the national 100m title to lead Jamaica's sprint squad to the Commonwealth Games in India. His personal best of 10.11 seconds put him firmly among the favourites to take the Commonwealth title.
It was not to be, however. Bailey didn't even make the final, as a hamstring injury he suffered in the semi-finals relegated him to the stands from where he watched teammate Lerone Clarke claim a title that could have been his.
Moscow presented Bailey with another opportunity, which he claimed with both hands.
"The gold medal has opened a new path to success for 2014. My first World Championships and I came back with a gold medal. When I got home, my mom gave me a big kiss. I felt so happy," Bailey said.
For the new season, Bailey promised a brand new approach.
"In 2014, you're going to see a whole new Oshane Bailey," he said, explaining that he will be focusing a lot on strength work and running more 200m races next season. "I am working on that right now, so I can get my hamstrings strong."
He is also hoping to compete more on the circuit.