Frustrated O'Hara forced to contest sprint double
EUGENE, USA — An administrative blunder might have caused sprinter Michael O'Hara to compete in the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior Championships here at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, against the athlete's wishes.
O'Hara, the IAAF World Youth 200m champion, could not hide his frustration after advancing past the first round of the men's 100m yesterday after placing second in his first round heat in 10.36 seconds (1.0m/s).
Running the 100m, O'Hara told Jamaican journalists yesterday, was not part of his plans here. "It affected me a lot," he admitted. "My main aim was to try to win the 200m, but this is a setback, I am not pleased; my plans had to change, but I have to work with it."
He said he had indicated to the team management that he did not want to compete in both events as last year, after placing fourth in the 100m at the World Youth Championships in Ukraine, he had spoken out about his frustrations with the short sprint.
O'Hara and Jevaughn Minzie were down to compete in both the men's 100m and 200m events, but there was a failed attempt yesterday, albeit belatedly, to replace O'Hara in the 100m.
It was understood that the Jamaican management team had missed the deadline for changes which also resulted in just one athlete, Kedisha Dallas, running in the women's 100m after Jonielle Smith had to be withdrawn due to injuries and could not be replaced.