Belle moves on in hur­dles

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 2 - An­mar Goodridge-boyce

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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.

Ag­gres­sive

“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.

No nerves

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.

(Pic­tures by An­mar Goodridge-boyce.)

Luis Se­bas­tian Weekes dur­ing yes­ter­day’s train­ing ses­sion.

Jack Kirby warm­ing up in the Olympic Pool in Buenos Aires.

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Sarah Belle: third in her heat.

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