Norwegian athlete happy to be in 'sprint heaven'

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer Senior Reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, January 30, 2012

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Being 20 years old and running 21.82 seconds over 200 metres may not mean much here in Jamaica, the sprint capital of the world.


But for Norwegian Ronsholm Sandvik, it was a magnificent way to start his season at the Queens Grace Jackson Track and Field meet at the National Stadium on Saturday.


He stood there, took a sip of his energy drink then turned his gaze at the result posted at the side of the track. A smile came over his face — he was a satisfied man.


"The race felt good and it is still early in the season but 21.82... I had a bad last season so this is a good start for me," he told the Observer, moments after finishing fourth in the Men's Open 200 meters.


The event was won by rising sprint star Edino Steel of Racers Track Club in 21.23 seconds ahead of Utech's Rusheen McDonald (21.53) with World Championship 100m silver medallist Michael Frater of MVP third in 21.54.


"I had a good start, but my endurance isn't there as yet and hopefully I will get that," said Sandvik, who is training with the Swept Track Club alongside the likes of Dexter Lee — the first athlete to win back-to-back titles at World Junior Championships over 100m.


Sandvik, who has a personal best of 10.6 and 21.32 seconds for the 100 and 200m, respectively, originally I arrived in Jamaica for a three-month stint, but with the warm weather and hospitality, he decided to extend his stay for another three months.


"I will be staying here another three months as I will be trying to qualify for some European events. The conditions are so good for training here as it is so cold there (Norway)," he said.


With his new found-training conditions and coaching, Sandvik is very optimistic he can make is mark in Norway and Europe.


"This will be a different season for me as I am able to train... the locals have been a great help at the Swept Training club. I like it very much. It is really good here and hopefully I will be able to come back," said Sandvik.






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