Shane Brath­waite

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NA­TION Sports Per­son­al­ity Of The Year

AP­PAR­ENTLY the best is still to come. Just ask Shane Brath­waite.

It’s al­ready hard to imag­ine any­one hav­ing the type of sea­son he just com­pleted yet the Bar­ba­dos Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion’s Se­nior Male Ath­lete Of The Year turned 2018 Na­tion Sports Per­son­al­ity Of The Year will tell you he’s only just scratched the sur­face.

“Tech­ni­cally, I’m still in my prime. They say most hur­dlers don’t get good un­til they’re 27-plus, so I think I still have a lot to learn and I’m con­stantly with my coach in the weight room try­ing to get a lot stronger,” ex­plained the multi medal-win­ning 28-year-old.

“So my main goal is to be on the podium for the Olympics but at least if I make an Olympic fi­nal I would be sat­is­fied with that for my ca­reer. I was able to make the World Cham­pi­onships fi­nal in 2017 so it’s there I just need to put it to­gether and be more con­sis­tent with it.”

Bar set high

They’d typ­i­cally sound like lofty as­pi­ra­tions if they weren’t com­ing from a man who al­ready set the bar high this year by cop­ping medals at ma­jor meets.

The Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean Games alone seemed like his per­sonal high­light reel, as Brath­waite won the men’s 110 hur­dles be­fore help­ing to set a na­tional record in the 4x100 re­lay as part of an­other gold medal-win­ning per­for­mance.

Then, as if to prove those were no flukes, Brath­waite re­turned to the podium yet again by grab­bing bronze and sil­ver in those same events at the higher

NACAC Cham­pi­onships level.

And this was af­ter an in­spir­ing fi­nals ap­pear­ance in the 110 hur­dles at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

“Per­son­ally, I felt I had a rough sea­son at the be­gin­ning. But we made some ad­just­ments lead­ing up to CAC and NACAC and I was able to get it to­gether through the rounds at CAC. Got the gold in a sea­son’s best and then car­ried that over to NACAC and got bronze in the hur­dles,” said Brath­waite.

A good sea­son

“To run con­sis­tently like that is al­ways a good feel­ing but over­all I’ll say it was a good sea­son.”

Yet those achieve­ments may not mean as much for a man who al­ready owns medals from the World Youth level right up to the Com­mon­wealth Games and Pan Amer­i­can Games.

Af­ter all, the Olympics are still the big prize.

“I have a lot of work to put in and I think I have at least two more Olympics in me. There are World Cham­pi­onships ev­ery two years, so I have a few more of those. But I’ll just keep go­ing till the wheels fall off,” Brath­waite said.

“I went to the 2012 Olympics at 22 and I fell in the first round [of the hur­dles], so I feel like I still have a lot to do to re­deem my­self.”

But a lot has changed in six years, namely the seven medals he’s copped at se­nior meets since that Olympic de­but at the Lon­don Games.

And Brath­waite has given him­self an even bet­ter shot at medalling in Ja­pan by prov­ing to be a vi­tal cog on the bend of Bar­ba­dos’ fast-ris­ing re­lay squad.

“Yeah, I’m known for the hur­dles. But I also do the 200 and my per­sonal best is 20:50. It’s not the best, but it’s not slow ei­ther. That helps a lot with my re­lay run­ning,” Brath­waite re­vealed.

“My train­ing is mostly for the 200, but it’s al­ways a good feel­ing to com­pete for Bar­ba­dos, es­pe­cially with a good group of guys. It’s al­ways great to work with them. We did our best to get that record and more may be in store.”

That’s right, be­cause his best is yet to come.

(FP)

by Justin Marville Shane Brath­waite won two CAC gold medals, in the hur­dles and 4x100 me­tres re­lay, and two NACAC medals – bronze in the hur­dles and sil­ver in the re­lay.

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