Makinde qual­i­fies for Pan Am cham­pi­onships de­spite ‘dis­ap­point­ing’ meet

Leg in­jury caused sprinter to tone down train­ing

Orleans Star - - LOCAL SPORTS - Dan Plouffe daniel.plouffe@transcontinental.ca

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.

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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.

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