Minzie wants rest before deciding on his future
EUGENE, Oregon — One chapter of his life has come to an end, and another is about to begin, but Jevaughn Minzie, one of the most enigmatic Jamaican junior athletes in years, is just looking forward to getting some rest and enjoying the rest of his holidays.
Minzie anchored the Jamaican team that won a bronze in the men's 4x100m relays at the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field on Saturday, and he said while he was happy for the medal, there is the lingering disappointment that he did not win an individual medal.
"I cannot complain, but there is some disappointment, coming here I was hoping for a medal in the individual events, but I did get one so I am grateful," he told the Jamaica Observer on Saturday.
Minzie said he had his eyes set on a medal in the 200m, but failed to get past the semi-finals, the same stage he ended in the 100m earlier.
"It's been a long season and I got here late, we arrived on Sunday night and then ran the first round of the 100m on Tuesday, so there was some jet lag," the former Bog Walk High athlete said.
After some rest and relaxation when he returns home, Minzie said he and his coach would take a decision as to where he will continue his career.
An American college is not an option he said, as the options appear to be between joining either the Glen Mills-led Racers Track Club or the Stephen Francis-led MVP outfit.
After years of showing promise, Minzie finally struck gold this year when he won the 200m at the ISSA Boys' Championships after placing second in the 100m, before going on to win the same event at the Carifta Games.
Prior to this he was mostly known for mishaps at two straight Carifta Games -- in 2011 in Montego Bay he led the final of the Under-18 200m before inexplicably slowing down to wave at the runners behind him, eventually losing his momentum and ending up second after he was passed by Trinidad's Machel Cedenio.
A year later in Bermuda, Minzie was stripped of his silver medal in the Under-20 100m after protests and counter protests after it appeared he had false-started, but was not called back by the officials.