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White targeting 400m hurdles PB

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:12 AMHubert Lawrence/Gleaner Writer
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Garriel White is looking for a personal best (PB) in the 400m hurdles at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. White won heat two of the event which had its opening round yesterday, finishing in 58.65 seconds, to advance to...

Garriel White is looking for a personal best (PB) in the 400m hurdles at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

White won heat two of the event which had its opening round yesterday, finishing in 58.65 seconds, to advance to the final on Sunday as the fourth-fastest overall in the round.

Her Hydel High School coach Corey Bennett says she is in good shape and he hopes for a glorious conclusion to her career as a junior athlete.

White, a winner at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships in May and the National Junior Championships in June, turns 19 on August 29 and is number four on the world performance list at 57.28s. That makes her the third-fastest entrant in Nairobi.

Bennett said she looked more confident in training, ahead of competition.

FOCUSING ON JOB AT HAND

He is helping her to focus on the job at hand. “It’s not one of those events where you can overthink,” he said. “You’re going to have to just trust it and go at it, but she’s in good shape.”

The forecast predicts a high of 23 degrees Celsius and a low of 14 for Sunday. Bennett is just hoping the conditions will be favourable for the final.

“I’m not even sure about the environment because it’s chilly in Kenya, so I’m not so sure what to expect based on the conditions. But we’re here, and once we’re here, we’re going to give our best shot.”

Bennett schooled Shian Salmon to the silver medal at the last World Athletics Under-20 Championships, and he is taking comfort from White’s form in practice.

“She looked pretty fast in training,” he said. “I’m not sure that the air that she’s breathing up here is the best for her, because it seems to be affecting a lot of the athletes here, but we’re adjusting and we’re not making any excuses. We’re going there to give it our best shot, and, hopefully, Garriel will leave her junior ranks with a PB.”

A win would make the 2021 Hydel captain the third World Athletics Under-20 Championship gold medallist for Jamaica in the event, after Kaliese Spencer in 2006 and Janieve Russell in 2012.

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