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Quinella not enough for Calabar duo

Published:Saturday | March 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Calabar duo of Devon Dobson and Kazuma Davis lifted themselves to gold and silver in the boys pole vault open, with Dobson contributing nine points for his first-place finish and Davis seven.

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

"I am happy, but yet a little bit sad, because I attempted the record which sadly, I didn't get said Dobson.

"I had told my friend K'Don, 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 set the record mark - 4.45 metres - 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," admitted Dobson after the completion of the event on Thursday night.

Not treated as equals

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 PR and also K'Don's."

However, he was not surprised that he and his teammate took the quinela.

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

- R. Jones