Diamond winner Weir happy with 2013 season

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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JAMAICAN Warren Weir, silver medallist at the IAAF World Championship in Moscow, is happy with his 2013 season which ended with the sprinter taking the Diamond League series title in the 200 metres event.

"It was a wonderful season and I'm pleased with everything I've accomplished," he said at Calabar High's auditorium during Tuesday's function held to recognise sporting standouts and notable academic achievers.

"Hopefully, I'll be (ranked) the number one athlete for the 200-metre. We'll see when the season ends officially in December. That will be the only icing on the cake," the 23-year-old added.

Weir was first at the National Senior Trials in June — in the absence of Racers Track Club teammates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake — in a personal best time of 19.79 seconds.

At the World Championship in the Russian capital last month, Weir equalled his fastest clocking while placing second to the phenomenal Bolt, who ran a world leading 19.66 seconds.

However, the former Calabar student was consistent over the half-lap distance this season and led all comers to land the lucrative Diamond League crown. He wrapped up proceedings with a 19.87 victory in Brussels, Belgium earlier this month.

A minor regret is that he did not lower his PB as he closed the curtains on an eventful and rewarding campaign.

"I was expecting to run a bit faster than the time at Trials (but) unfortunately I only got one run after the World Champs. (But this year) I ran 19.8 seconds for the last race and last year I ran 20 seconds for the last race so I'm pleased with the overall improvement," he said.

The slim-framed runner said he will "get some rest" before his background work begins late this year for him to be "ready for next season".

One of his goals is to convince his teammates to compete at the IAAF World Relays set for Nassau, Bahamas in 2014.

"I'd like to go... and try for that world record," he said, while smiling.

The men's 4x200 metre world record is 1:18.68, set by the foursome of Michael Marsh, Leroy Burrell, Floyd Heard and Carl Lewis in 1994.

Meanwhile, Weir expressed pleasure that he was acknowledged by Calabar for his contribution to Jamaica's success in track and field.

"To receive my first appreciation plaque from Calabar, it's an honour. To know they have looked on us and they have seen our work for the nation. It's a very good feeling," he declared.

Weir, who turns 24 next month, is also the Olympic bronze medallist after sprinting to 19.84s to finish behind the winner Bolt and second-placed Blake in London last year.




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