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Clayton ‘emotional’ about delay to season

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:05 AMLivingston Scott/Gleaner Writer

After claiming her first major international championships medal, a bronze in the 400m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships, in Doha last October, Rushell Clayton says she is yearning for more.

She says that she was eagerly awaiting the start of the 2020 track and field season, which has been put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, but she remains focused and motivated, despite the challenges the global health crisis has presented.

“Training schedules are not being kept, tracks are not open, gyms are not open, and improvising takes a lot out of you, not just physically but mentally,” she said. “You are out of your regular routine, so now you have to go into the back of your brain and refocus, and it’s very hard.”

But the 27-year-old said earning her place among the elites of her event has been a hard task and, now that she has had the taste of success, she is hungry for more.

“The fact that last year I was out there on the world stage, it tells me that I can do it again as long as I stay healthy and remain focused,” she said. “I am my biggest and best motivator, because I have been through it and I have seen it and I want more. So I am working very hard towards getting more.”

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Like her colleagues in the sport, Clayton says her earning capabilities on the track have been curtailed by the outbreak of the coronavirus, and the indefinite delay to the start of her season, which was to be last weekend, made her emotional.

“Last weekend would have been my season opener and, when Saturday came about, I was a little emotional,” she said. “I was like ‘Today would have been my season opener, I was really looking forward to that.’ But then things happen and things always happen, so you have to refocus.

“But my coach is always there with me and I always try to stay positive, but I hope for this thing to be gone by the summer so they can put on some races,” she concluded.

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