Frater for meet in St Maarten on Saturday

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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MANY times global relay gold medallist Michael Frater would have preferred to run his first 100m of the season at Saturday's 11th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet at the National Stadium, but instead will be running at a meeting in St Maarten.


The 31-year-old Frater, who ran a strong second leg for the Jamaican team that finished second to the USA by 100th of a second at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia last weekend, tried hard to hide his disappointment, but said maybe he had not done enough this year to earn an invite.


After missing all of last season due to a knee surgery and also switching training camps from MVP to Racers, Frater, who reported that he was "feeling good", also said originally he "was hoping I would be running at the Kingston Invitational on Saturday but maybe I did not do enough this year so they passed up on me but I will be going to St Maarten on the same day and it's a good meet. I have been there a few times."


Frater, who was part of the Jamaican team that won the gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, the last time he had run in the national colours before last Saturday, admitted given a choice where he would run this weekend, it would have been Kingston rather than across the Caribbean.


"I wanted to run in front of the home crowd; that brings out the best in you; this is second only to running in the national colours," the third vice-president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), said.


Frater, who has his eyes set on earning a place on the Jamaican team that will compete at the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships in the Bahamas at the end of May, said his main plans right now was to get back to full fitness after a frustrating year of not been able to even go through the most basic training routine of jogging.


"I want to get back healthy and competing at the highest level. Step by step I am getting there and I am feeling good taking it one day at a time, one meet at a time," he said.


"It was very, very difficult, last year; it was very frustrating trying to run but I couldn't run; many days I couldn't even warm up," he said.


Frater, who was one of the original members of the Stephen Francis-led MVP training camp after completing his degree in political science at Texas Christian University (TCU), was forced to find a new home after a falling-out over his decision to seek a post on the JAAA executive.


He said, however, he has been welcomed at the Glen Mills-led Racers camp. "Racers has been wonderful, they welcomed me with open arms and helped me every step of the way and I have to thank them for everything they did and helping me to prolong my career."



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