James growing from strength to strength

Friday, August 03, 2018

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Two years after she created Jamaican track and field history, 400m runner Tiffany James continues to push herself to new frontiers and after landing gold at the 27th Central American and, Caribbean (CAC) Games at the Roberto Melendez stadium in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Wednesday, she has high hopes.

James ran a modest, by her standards — 52.35 seconds to take the gold, which she later said might not be a major medal to some, it is a big deal to her.

Two years ago she ran her personal best 51.3 2 seconds to win the gold medal at the IAAF World Under 20 championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, the first Jamaican female athlete to win a gold medal in the 400m at a global championships.

“This might not be a big championships for some,” she said minutes after her golden run, “but I am happy, this is my first time running the 400m race as a senior and I won the time is not fast, but the win is big for me and it motivates me.”

James is not new to setting the pace and was the first-ever ISSA Champs gold medallist for Papine High, but admitted that she was nervous going into the final despite having the fastest time from the semi-finals run on Tuesday.

“I must say that am happy, I feel good, I did not come out here with a time in mind, I just wanted to win,” she told journalists after the race, “I was very nervous, I know that I came into the final with the fastest time, but I have learned my lesson never to underestimate the field I was nervous but just kept my focus and got the job done.”

Her nervousness had little to do with her confidence in herself she said, “I am a very confident person, I never ever doubted myself I just went out there ran my best and I won, so I am happy.”

—Paul Reid

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