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Champs 100 - 'Give field athletes equal attention'

Published:Saturday | March 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Dancers in colourful costumes entertain spectators at Tuesday's opening ceremony for Champs 100 at the National Stadium. - Ian Allen/Photographer
Pre-meet favourite for the Class One boys 400 metres gold, Vere Technical's Jermaine Gayle, cruising to victory in the heats on Thursday. Gayle won heat two in 50.38 seconds. He also won his semi-final yesterday in 47.38.
Khorey Spalding of St George's College (left) and Kingston College's Kimarley Henry were two casualties in heat seven of the Class One boys 100m on Thursday. Both went down with hamstring injuries. The final was run last night.

Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer

The Calabar duo of Devon Dobson and Kazuma Davis lifted themselves to gold and silver in the boys' pole vault open and in the process hoisted their school into the lead on the end of Day Two of Champs 100.

Dobson was, however, not totally pleased as he did not achieve all of his objectives.

"I am happy but a little bit sad because I attempted the record which I didn't get," said Dobson. "I had told my friend K'Don Samuels, the record holder, that I would break his record but, unfortunately, I didn't get it so I am a little sad," he added.

K'Don Samuels is the record holder in the event with a mark of 4.45m, which he cleared last year while competing for Jamaica College; Dobson finished as runner-up then.

The Calabar duo came to Champs wanting to finish first and second and for Davis to achieve his personal best, but they had to overcome a major setback.

"It was a bit difficult as my pole broke a week before Champs, so we had to wait until yesterday to get new poles. We had to use it last night (Wednesday) to train to come here today (Thursday) and jump but it turned out well."

Wants to go pro

Dobson wants to go on to university overseas and eventually become a professional athlete, despite his view that field competitors are not treated as equals with those who compete on the track.

"They pay more attention to the sprints more than anything else, and we should all get recognition as we are all equal, but they treat field events like we are nothing and without field events Champs wouldn't be anything."

He will now turn his attention to the Carifta Games where he hopes to get the elusive record.

Dobson said: "I am going to Carifta and I will be going for K'Don Samuels' record. That is my goal because to be the best you have to beat the best and right now K'Don is the best."

Davis was also not fully satisfied with his performance as he thought he could have done better, despite achieving his personal best.

"I am not really satisfied because I could have done better if I had extended a bit more, which I didn't, and I slowed up in the run-up but hopefully next year I will come better and do my best and beat Dobson's personal best, and also Samuels' record."

He was, however, not surprised that Calabar took first and second.

"We planned this from last night (Wednesday) that we were going to do one-two, and we came and did it, so we give thanks to God and also the coaches."