Belle moves on in hurdles
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Barbadian Sarah Belle produced an impressive performance to finish third in Heat 2 of the Girls’ 100-metres hurdles yesterday at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
Running in Lane 5 under overcast skies and drizzles of rain, Belle finished with a time of 14.06 seconds, behind Jamaican Ackera Nugent (13.45), who was the winner, and Johanna Plank, of Austria (13.71).
Belle was leading in the first 20 metres but slightly lost momentum as she crossed the line in front a packed crowd in the Olympic Park.
“Third place – I feel very happy with that, I can go into the other heat with it,” she told WEEKEND SPORT.
“I don’t like the time. I can run faster than that.
“I will go out aggressive in the next heat and when I get off the first hurdle I will accelerate and keep going,” Belle said.
Coach Bryan Holder said he was pleased with Belle’s effort considering the difficult conditions.
“I’m happy with the performance. Remembering that this is October and based on the climatic conditions, it’s very cold and wet, so I’m pleased. I think she did well. She ran six to seven decent hurdles and then she faded to the end.”
Holder added that the team would continue training to improve Belle’s time.
“We don’t have a lot of time but we will go back to the drawing board and work to go under 14 seconds. She led for about two hurdles. We spent a lot of time working on the hurdles but I think she just ran out of race fitness,” he said.
Belle will rest for two days and be back on the track to compete next Thursday.
Meanwhile, Darian Clarke will compete in Heat 1 of the Boys’ 100 metres today.
“Preparation for my races has been going well. I have to work on my starts and being aggressive,” he said.
“My game plan going into the heats would be to get a good start, drive phase and acceleration phase. I am also looking to qualify for the A final and to run a personal best.
“I have no sign of nervousness at the moment. Even though I am at the Youth Olympic Games, it’s just as though I’m running at a track meet at home,” Clarke said.
Luis Sebastian Weekes during yesterday’s training session.
Jack Kirby warming up in the Olympic Pool in Buenos Aires.
Sarah Belle: third in her heat.