Ashmeade not worried despite running slower in New York

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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DESPITE running 10.28 seconds (-1.7m/s) and placing fifth in the men's 100m at Saturday's IAAF Diamond League meet in New York's Icahn Stadium, well off his season best 10.04 seconds, World Championship finalist Nickel Ashmeade was pleased with his performance.


"This is only my second 100m of the season, so I have no complaints," he told the Observer, "I am OK, I am just getting back from rehab so I am going to be OK."


After a good start to the season, Ashmeade who also ran 20.18 seconds in the 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon in late May and was a part of the Jamaica team to the IAAF World Relay Championships in The Bahamas in early May, said he had a setback, a groin injury that had plagued him since last year. This injury, he said, started acting up again and he had to seek medical attention.


"The groin and abductor muscles are also tight," he reported, "but they are coming on well and I am trying to hold on for (the JAAA National Senior) Trials."


Because of the lingering injuries Ashmeade, a double sprint finalist in Moscow two years ago, said he was not sure whether he would double at the Trials or run just one event.


"I am not sure as yet, it all depends on how my body feels, I may make the decision on the day," he said.


Ashmeade, who has won medals at all levels of the IAAF Championships, World Youths and World Juniors as well as relay medals in the World Championships, says that if his body holds up he will no doubt be on the plane to Beijing for the World Championships in August.


"Once you line up there's always a chance," he said. "I will just go out there amongst the best. Once I go out there on the line, I know I can do great things as long as I am healthy."



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