McLaugh­lin-Whilby looks for suc­cess in 400m

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

NNEISHAMCLAUGHLINAWHILBY,

who in her first Olympics last year copped sil­ver with Ja­maica’s 4x400m women’s re­lay team, re­turned to train­ing last week with her sights set on the 400m at next year’s IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don next year.

The for­mer Holm­wood Tech­ni­cal stand­out, now a 30year-old wife, last sum­mer, copped an all im­por­tant medal which was, no doubt, the miss­ing part of a very re­splen­dent youth ca­reer.

“I started train­ing this week, so I am very ex­cited. I would say I had a won­der­ful sea­son last year; 2016 was good for me and a come­back year for me,” she out­lined.

“I made my first Olympic team and I got a sil­ver medal in the women’s 4x400m,” the ath­lete con­tin­ued, in com­pany of her num­ber-one fan and hus­band Ja­maica De­fence Force (JDF) Cap­tain Cort­ess Whilby.

They were present at a cer­e­mony for the coun­try’s Olympic and Par­a­lympic ath­letes at the Na­tional In­door Sports Cen­tre last Satur­day night.

“I def­i­nitely think my best is yet to come see­ing as I changed to the 400m, so the room for im­prove­ment is great, and I am just look­ing for­ward to next sea­son,” she con­tin­ued.

“Per­son­ally, I don’t re­ally set short-term goals. I do it one step at a time as the sea­son pro­gresses. I don’t re­ally have times that I would like to meet; I just look to go out there and com­pete to do my best and sur­pass my pre­vi­ous marks,” she told The Gleaner.

In 2002, the tal­ented ath­lete

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was awarded the Austin Sealy Tro­phy for the most out­stand­ing ath­lete of the Carifta Games.

How­ever, she never made the ex­pected tran­si­tion onto the world stage.

She fin­ished fifth in the 200m fi­nal at the 2009 IAAF World Cham­pi­onships and reached the Com­mon­wealth Games fi­nal also, then dropped the 200m to pur­sue the 400m at the Na­tional

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