'I need to listen more'
Veronica Campbell-Brown scolded herself for not taking her coach's advice and pushing things too hard in training this week, which she believes led to a burnout which saw Murielle Ahoure outlasting her to the line in their 200 metres clash yesterday at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Shanghai, China.
Campbell-Brown came off the bend slightly behind the Ivorian sprinter and, despite a second kick at the 130m mark, the Jamaican could not reel in Ahoure, who, in fact, increased her lead slightly to win in 22.72, with Campbell-Brown crossing the line in 22.82.
Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, competing in her first international meet since the Commonwealth Games in 2014 after taking a year away from competition, finished third in 22.94.
Campbell-Brown, who indicated that she would need to find a way to balance her workaholic tendencies, assured, however, that yesterday's result was not a fair indication of the type of shape she was in.
"I am totally disappointed because I was expecting better," said Campbell-Brown. "I have been training much better. I ran 22.29 in my last race, feeling very easy, but I just feel like I learnt a lesson today.
"I need to listen more. I need to listen more because sometimes it's hard for me to run easy in training, and I feel like I may have overdone it this week (by) not listening to my coach - feeling good and just going and letting it flow," she added. "But, like I said, I am training well and I am in very good shape despite the result today."
"I am a workaholic, so to speak, and I need to try to find a way to convince myself that it's not necessary to go at it all the time because sometimes you will pay, and the worst time to pay is in competition. Besides that, I have to look at the tape and analyse it and see what I could have done better here today," Campbell-Brown said.
The triple Olympic gold medallist, who will now turn her focus to the IAAF World Challenge meet in Beijing on May 18, says she remains confident of another successful season and will not worry too much about yesterday's result.
"This race is not a reflection of where I am at, so I am not panicking. I am very hopeful for a great season," she said,
- Andre Lowe