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'The sky is the limit,' says ever-improving Gaye

Monday, June 12, 2017

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Jamaican quarter-miler Demish Gaye continues to improve and continues to impress over the one-lap event as he produced a commanding performance at the National Stadium in Kingston to summarily dismiss a class field at the JN Racers Grand Prix Meet on Saturday night.

The night belonged to Usain Bolt, but the 24-year-old almost stole the show when he ran another personal best time of 44.73secs, the second sub-45 clocking of his career, to outclass the Trinidad and Tobago pair of Lalonde Gordon (45.18) and Machel Cedenio (45.57), winning the race by over five metres.

The other two Jamaicans in the race, Rusheen McDonald (45.93) and Jermaine Gayle (46.43), finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Needless to say, he was quite pleased with his time and also gained confidence from beating his top rivals.

“I am very happy with the time; I got a pb today and I am grateful. The race plan was to get out, track my opponents and finish strong. I am very glad I got another chance to run with [Machel Cedenio]; it gave me a confidence booster…I came out here to win tonight and that is what I did.”

Gaye has been working on his speed, the result of which has been two personal bests over the half-lap event in recent weeks, and he credits this to the improved 400m times.

“The 200m speed helped my race strategy very much because, as you can see, speed is needed in the 400m as well.”

The GC Foster student seemed poised to make his breakthrough last season, but got hurt just before the senior championships. He has improved leaps and bounds since then, stating that a change in the way he has prepared for this season has led to the very good performances so far.

“This season is much, much better than last season. Last season was great, but this season is going good so far and I want to keep it that way. I am doing almost everything different this season. The training is different, my strength work, my diet, everything.”

Clearly more confident and more composed every time he touches the track, Gaye, who ran a completely different race at the Jamaica International Invitational last month, says that each race is helping his confidence.

“My confidence has grown a lot. The Jamaica Invitational gave me a big confidence booster and it helped me to come out here and win tonight. The sky is now the limit.”

The former Knox Community College student was recently named Sportsman of the Year at Jamaica's only sports college, the GC Foster College, where he is conditioned by Maurice Wilson, the head coach of Sprintec Track Club.

“The good thing about the performance was that after the Jamaica [International] Invitational I felt that he did not execute a good race. We worked on some stuff in training and he made some adjustments and was able to deliver. That was very rewarding. It wasn't just the win, but the way that he responded that made me happy,” said a delighted Wilson.

The men's 400m is shaping up to be one of the events to watch at the National Senior Championships in two weeks' time. Former St Jago High school standout Nathon Allen ran 44.69secs on Friday night when he finished second in the NCAA 400m final, while Akeem Bloomfield, formerly of Kingston College, finished fifth in 45.13secs in the same race.

— Dwayne Richards

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