Leford Green could run 4X400m relay

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 | 8:30 AM    

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LONDON, England - There is a possibility that 400m hurdles finalist Leford Green could be drafted into the Jamaican men’s 4x400m relays team that starts competition tomorrow morning.

Green who placed seventh in the 400m hurdles on Monday night, had anchored the Jamaican team to the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea last year after winning the 400m and 400m hurdles double at the Jamaican Trials.

He was seen practicing with the Jamaican team at the warm up track earlier today along with Jermaine Gonzales and Rushane McDonald who told the media last week injuries had affected their abilities to get out of the first round of the 400m.

Donald Quarrie, Technical leader of the track and field team told the Jamaica Observer earlier today they would be having a meeting here this afternoon to decide on the relay and would speak to the media later today.

Meanwhile head coach of the Jamaican team Maurice Wilson said yesterday that as far as he knew all six men who were in the 4x400m relay pool were available and were not aware of any injury concerns to either McDonald or Gonzales.

Wilson also said no decision would be made on the compilation of the 4x100m relay until after the men's 200m was complete, "We have been trying out various options; as to who would run," he said.

Wilson who seem unaware of the reported injuries to the 400m athletes, said until they got word from the team doctors, Dr Warren Blake, Dr Winston Dawes and Dr Priamanand Singh, as far as he was concerned they were part of the squad.

Both athletes blamed injuries for their failure to advance past the first round of the 400m on Saturday, McDonald who appeared to be in serious pain told members of the media that an old back injury had flared up in the race where he finished in 46.67 seconds in fourth place.

The athlete who had lowered his personal best in each round of the event at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Trials in June to 45.10 seconds said the back injury had been affecting him for a while but seemed to be getting worse.

Jermaine Gonzales had struggled home in sixth place in 46.21 seconds, over a second below his season best 45.18 seconds and said he was bothered by a right hamstring injury that had prevented him from training properly and said two days before the race he was in doubt whether he would be able to compete.

When asked about the relays he said, "I am supposed to be the key man in the relays but as you saw today I did not run that well, if it was up to me I don’t want to run on that relay team as I am sure the rest of the guys are running faster than me right now."

Semi-finalist Dane Hyatt, Errol Nolan, Edino Steele and Riker Hylton are the other members of the relay pool.



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