Goule's hard work pays off

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

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JUST like when she competed for Manchester High and never lost in her ISSA Girls' Champs career, Natoya Goule relishes running on the National Stadium track.


On Saturday night she achieved yet another milestone after she ran a new lifetime best 1 minute, 59.63 seconds in the 800m final, dragging an equally determined Semoya Campbell to a massive new personal best 1:59.92 minutes to create history for Jamaica, sending two women to run the event for the first time, getting the qualifying time of 2 minutes, 01.00 seconds.


Just like she did in 2013 when she got the qualifying time at the National Championships, running almost by herself, Goule said it was physically difficult getting through the two laps but it was worth it and there is even more hard work to do if she is to make an impact in Beijing, China, in August.


"Just like in 2013 when I got the 1:59.9 here, it was very hard on my body, but I had to push through the pain," she said. "I am really happy for this time, all season I wanted to go below two minutes and every time I come home I get faster, so I am really proud right now."


The race did not go exactly as planned as she had hoped to run 57 seconds for the first 400m, but it was a bit slower, over 58 seconds. "That means I did the second 400m in (over) 1:01.00 seconds, but it's really good, the race did not go to plan but it worked out anyways," she said.


The National Senior Championships is just a stop on the way to Beijing, however, and she said she is thinking of running even faster come August.


"I want to go faster in Beijing; I need to work on my speed as I need to run down someone as I don't want to have to lead my races," she said, adding she hopes to be able to get quality races. She also said competing at the Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada, would help her get ready.


There is more work to be done in preparation and she will return to her US base soon to continue. "I had to put more volume and speed work, I had to work much harder and the volume of long runs also increased," she said.


She was ecstatic with Campbell's qualification, calling it brilliant that two women are under two minutes going to the World Championships. "We need more people representing Jamaica in the middle distance, we are not just a sprint factory, we need to build up the other areas like other countries," Goule said.



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