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STAR Writer


ollowing his 48.65m 400 metre sea-

son opener at the Camperdown




Commonwealth Games 100m champion,

Kemar-Bailey Cole, declared that he is

feeling stronger than ever before.

The added strength, he believes, should

earn him a spot on Jamaica’s team to the

World Championships in Beijing, China,

this summer, where he is determined to

make up for barely missing out on an indi-

vidual medal in Moscow 2013.

Bailey-Cole revealed that training has

been intense so far this season,

much more than it was last

year, when he claimed his first

international sprint title in

Glasgow, Scotland.

The work, he said, is in

preparation for the World

Championships and the

Olympic Games in


At the last World

Championships in

Moscow in 2013,

he was ever so

close to winning a

medal in the blue-

ribbon sprint.

Usain Bolt won the

100m in 9.77 seconds,

while Nesta Carter was third

in 9.95. Bailey-Cole and

Nickel Ashmeade were

fourth and fifth, respectively,

even though both were

timed in 9.98s.

“In 2013, I lost by an

inch. I am just focused on

getting back to that final

and getting a medal,”

he said.

Getting back to his

season opener, Bailey-

Cole expressed satis-

faction, even though

the time was not as

fast as the 47.36s

he ran in 2014.

“I am stronger now. I’ve been putting in

the work, a lot more core work and strength

work. So, basically, I give myself an 85 per

cent,” he said.

“I was

going for a


best, but

maybe I

was a bit







aims for World

Champs medal


STAR Writer



t Elizabeth Technical High School, the

defending girl’s champion, though trailing

Rusea’s High by six-and-a-half points com-

ing into today’s grand final of the

Digicel/Hanover Cooperative Credit Union,

County of Cornwall Athletics Association

Western Championships at the Montego Bay

Sports Complex, still have enough left to win

another title.

Rusea’s held the slight advantage after 15

finals on Thursday’s eliminations at the Treasure

Beach Sports Complex, claiming 109.5 points

in the process.

STETHS are second on 100 points, and are

trailed in the race for the girls’ crown by third-

place Herbert Morrison Technical, 73, and

Petersfield High, 62.5.

Boys’ champions Munro (78 pts) trail rivals

STETHS, 95.5, and Herbert Morrison, Cornwall

College, and the ever-improving Petersfield

make up a five-way race for top honours in the

boys’ equation.

Herbert Morrison amassed 71.5 points after

the 14 finals from the eliminations, and just

ahead of Cornwall, 65.5, and Petersfield, 65.

As with most track events, the challenge of all

the relays – be it the 4x100m or the 4x400m –

will be among the races to watch for.

Petersfield lead the charge for gold in the

girls’ Class One 4x100m, after dominating the

field to win their heat on Thursday, but should

be challenged by the likes of STETHS and


Green Island have a great quartet for the

girls’ Class Two 4x100m, and are clearly the

ones to beat. They dismissed their opponents

Thursday, taking their heat in a quick 49.44

seconds, with Herbert Morrison, 50.16, and

STETHS, 50.38, rounding out the top placing.

Satanya Wright of STETHS takes the best time

of the girls Class Two 200m semis into today’s

final. Wright ran 25.49 in heat two, but will get

close attention from Green Island’s Vanesha

Pusey, who logged 26.49 in her semi-final heat.

Also to feature are Herbert Morrison’s

Kishauna Smith, 25.00, and Frome Technical’s

Amoy Mairs, who clocked 25.94 in her heat.

Munro’s depth this year will be tested mainly

by their closest rivals, STETHS, who seem to be

edging closer to their southerly neighbours in

terms of points each year.

Rusea’s, STETHS look to upset

defending west champs

Shyledeen Smith



Bailey Cole