Makinde qualifies for Pan Am championships despite ‘disappointing’ meet
Leg injury caused sprinter to tone down training
Bittersweet” is the way Fallingbrook’s Segun Makinde describes his experience at the Canadian junior track-and-field championships.
The recent Colonel By Secondary School grad achieved his main goal for the season – qualifying to compete in the July 31-Aug. 2 Pan American Junior Championships in Trinidad & Tobago – but he also didn’t win all his individual races for the first time this year.
“I’m happy, but I’m a little bit disappointed,” says Makinde, who finished second in the 100 metres in a time of 10.70 seconds and fourth in the 200-m with a 21.26 clocking. “I made the team in both the events I
“ wanted to – the 100 and the 200 – but the fashion that I made the team was not the way I expected to make it.”
Makinde’s results were off from what he achieved during the high school season when he shattered numerous records and went undefeated in Ontario.
The rather strenuous scholastic season contributed to a minor injury that forced Makinde to tone down his training for a period of about three weeks prior to the Canadian juniors. That was the reason Makinde didn’t compete in the 110-m hurdles – he had experienced pain in his lead hurdle leg and hadn’t practiced for hurdles at all leading up to the July 17-19 junior nationals in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
“Usually when you take a break in track, you lose that race sharpness that you had,” Makinde notes.
All in all, the University of Ottawabound sprinter wasn’t terribly concerned that the results were off the incredibly high standard he’s set for himself. Makinde says he ran poorly in the 100-m final, but points to his clocking of 10.56 in the semi-finals as a reason to be optimistic he can still achieve personal-best performances this season.
In the 200-m final, Makinde was hit by some bad luck that he can’t really explain. He was along the curve well, but then took a step where his balance was inexplicably thrown off, causing him to lose ground on his competitors and eventually finishing out of the medals.
“I learned a lot, I guess, in a way, especially because this year I’ve been doing so well and all the results have been coming in,” Makinde reflects, sounding quite a bit like what Ottawa Lions coach Glenroy Gilbert may have said to his young athlete. “It helped me mature in a way because of the way I was able to handle the situation and not really get down on myself about it, and just move on to the next race.
“It’s a bit of a humbling process in a way too. Yeah, I got beat, but it’s cool – it’s kind of good to go through something like that and be able to come out of it.
“At least it happened at juniors rather than in Trinidad – I’d be a little more disappointed.”
Makinde’s first trip to the Caribbean for the Pan Am juniors will now be a bit more of a “redemption” type of meet for him, he adds.
“Hopefully things will go for me in Trinidad and I’ll be able to run the way I know I’m able to run,” Makinde says. “My goal is to make the final in both events. And God willing, I can hopefully medal.”
In other action at the Canadian juniors, Makinde won a gold medal in the 4x400-m relay, as well as a bronze in the 4x100. Fellow Colonel By grad Cameron Smithers was also a part of the 4x100-m relay team and took bronze in the 4x400 with the Ottawa Lions ‘B’ entry.
Cairine Wilson grad Rachel Aubry won gold with the Lions in the 4x400-m relay. The University of Guelph student finished fourth in 800-m and was also selected to the 51-athlete Canadian team for the Pan Am juniors.
A leg injury meant sprinter Segun Makinde toned down his training leading up to Canadian junior track-and-field championships, resulting in some “disappointing” times. Regardless, the Fallingbook resident will head to the Pan Am junior championships this weekend.