Renewed hope - Simpson targets place on Ja's World Champs team

34-year-old mom Sherone Simpson eyes 'very good' 2019 track season

By Howard Walker
Senior staff reporter

Monday, December 31, 2018

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Jamaica's 2008 Olympic 100-metre silver medallist Sherone Simpson is feeling refreshed and is ready to surprise many this season, in the year of the 2019 World Championships.

Simpson, who gave birth to her daughter Leanna in October 2016 and turned 34 years old last August, believes she can reach those dizzy heights of her personal best in the 100-metre and 200-metre that brought her so much success.

“I just feel new,” she told the Jamaica Observer as her eyes lit up and a broad smile came across her face, apparently in excited anticipation.

She continued: “I have this renewed motivation and I am giving it my all, and I know that once I continue to train hard and stay healthy, I will have a very good 2019 season.”

The 2006 Commonwealth Games champion over 200m has personal bests of 10.82 seconds and 22.00 seconds for the 100m and 200m, respectively, which makes her the sixth best Jamaican of all time in both events, and she believes achieving or getting close to her best is very much within her.

“Nothing is impossible and training has been going very well. My background season was very good and I feel much stronger. I leave everything in God's hand, but I can tell you, though, I am feeling very good. I feel very young and training has been going very well,” she reiterated.

“So anything is possible. But just staying healthy is my aim and once I am healthy, the sky's the limit,” she added.

The former Manchester High student who historically tied with fellow Jamaican Kerron Stewart for silver in the 100-metre final at the Beijing Olympics, an event that saw Jamaica sweep the podium as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won gold, has high hopes this season.

“I know I have a very good coach (Maurice Wilson) and I have all the confidence in him that he will get me ready when the time comes,” said Simpson.

The versatile runner, who was a part of Jamaica's 4x100-metre gold-medal relay team in 2004 and again at the 2015 World Championships, is not sure which event she will be targeting this season.

“To be honest, I do not want to specialise, but I will leave it to coach to decide. but I am leaning both to the 100 and 200,” she pointed out.

Simpson is not the only female athlete on the come-back after child birth as Fraser-Pryce had son Zyon last year August.

Simpson is over the initial stage and is coping much better with motherhood and training as she sets her sights on booking a place on Jamaica's team to the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in September.

“Now it is much easier. She is at school and I have a lot of help, so I am doing much better getting my rest, eating properly, and everything is going well so far,” she ended.

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