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'It's going to be awesome!'

Sprinter Jevaughn Minzie salivates at Grand Prix prospects

BY DWAYNE RICHARDS
Observer writer

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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There is no doubt that Jevaughn Minzie is expected to be a major part of the new generation of sprinters for Jamaica on the international scene. The 21-year-old made his Olympic debut for the country at the Rio Games last year as a member of the 4x100m relay team and left with a gold medal, thanks in no small part to his training partner at the Racers Track Club, Usain Bolt.

Minzie joined the club straight out of high school, where he had distinguished himself at the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships. With the imminent departure of Bolt from the sport, at least on the track, Minzie is expected to become one of the mainstays of the Glen Mills-led organisation.

He hails the hosting of the Racers Grand Prix by his club as an awesome achievement of which he is proud to be a part.

“For us to keep a meet at that level, where we have a lot of Olympic champions and World champions coming here, it's going to be awesome and I just feel pretty good to be a part of it,” said Minzie.

The former Bog Walk High School student says his season has been going well so far and has targeted running some fast times this year.

“The season has been pretty good so far for me. I never got to run a fast time at the last meet, but hopefully it comes next week at the Boston meet,” he noted.

The powerfully built sprinter runs both the 100m and 200m like his legendary training partner Bolt, but says he is not quite ready at this stage of the season for the longer sprint.

“Hopefully, I will be running the 100m and not the 200m because I am not ready yet to take on the 200m. To be a part of Bolt's final 100m race in Jamaica would make it even more special for me,” Minzie admitted.

Minzie, who has a personal best of 10.02 seconds, has a season's best 10.19 and is looking to go faster than both times in the near future.

“I am looking forward to a sub-10 at Racers Grand Prix or even before that in Boston. My coach says I am on track to run a fast time, and if my coach says that, who am I to say otherwise,” Minzie stated.

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