Bailey-Cole feels no pressure after elite show
KEMAR Bailey-Cole says he feels under 'no pressure' after becoming the ninth fastest Jamaican man ever over 100 metres when he ran a lifetime best 9.977 seconds at a Diamond League meeting in Brussels earlier this month.
The 20-year-old Bailey-Cole, who is in his first season as a senior, says he does not feel he has anything to prove after putting himself at the head of the line as the heir apparent to Jamaican speed kings Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell.
"I just feel good right now," he told the Jamaica Observer as he prepared to leave London last week.
"It was good to end the season with a new personal best of 9.97 and (I'm) just looking forward to better things to come next year."
The former Old Harbour High School athlete joins a list of 12 Jamaicans who have run under 10 seconds and after winning a gold medal, having run in the heats of the 4x100m at the London Olympics, Bailey-Cole says the season was a success.
"My first season on the circuit was good and the relay at the Olympics was a good experience," he said. "I just went there to do my part and take my gold," he said with a laugh.
After the long season, Bailey-Cole says he is looking forward to getting some rest and putting in the early-season work that will guarantee he runs faster come next season.
Bailey-Cole, who started the season with a personal best 10.27, lowered his time five times during the season and clocked 10 seconds twice, including once at the National Trials to make the team to London.
The list of fast Jamaicans is led by Bolt's world record 9.58 seconds; Yohan Blake's 9.69 that he ran less than two weeks ago; Asafa Powell, 9.72; Carter 9.78; Steve Mullings 9.80, Michael Frater 9.88; Nikel Ashmeade 9.93; Mario Forsythe 9.95; Raymond Stewart 9.96; Percival Spencer 9.98, and Lerone Clarke 9.99.