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US-based Randall awaits Olympic selection

PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com
Friday, July 06, 2012


DESPITE a below-par performance at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Trials where she threw 55.92 metres to win the women's discus last weekend, Allison Randall hopes to have done enough to merit inclusion on the Jamaica team to London Olympics.

US-based Randall set the national record 61.21 metres, which is also the Olympic B qualifying standard, earlier this year and says while disappointed by her performance last Friday, the best is yet to come and she hopes to get the chance to prove it.

The former Morgan State athlete told journalists her training programme was designed for her to peak at the Games and she hopes she will get that chance to join male throwers Jason Morgan and Traves Smikle.

"I was trying to get at least 59.50m to show I could do it when it matters here," she said, adding that the delayed start to the discus affected her mindset.

"My mind was ready to go at 5:30 pm and the event did not get going till about 7.00 pm, so little things like that set me back a bit... I ended up throwing 55.92," she argues.

Randall had no plans to compete before the Olympic Games: "My plans was to be able to get workouts so I could peak for the Olympics because I was able to get the B standard so early in the season so I have just been working and working...," she said.

Randall, who was born in the United States to Jamaican parents, said her plans were to let loose with a big throw in front of the Jamaican fans.

"The plan was just to air it out here, but that did not work out, so I just got to go back and hope I get selected for the London Games as I'm still working towards peaking at that time," she said.

Making it to London would also be a dream come true for her.

"I think every track athlete wants to go to the Olympics and it would be a great honour for me; all my family and friends are rooting for me ,"she added.



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