Oblique takes lessons in stride
Jamaica's Oblique Seville competes in the men's 100m semi-final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on July 16, 2022.Photo: AFP

EUGENE, Oregon — Getting to two finals and finishing fourth in the men's 100m and the men's 4x100m at the World Athletics Championships was a big learning process for Oblique Seville.

The sprinter, who said the experience will set him up for better to come, was the only Jamaican man in the 100m finals on the second day of the championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. He ran 9.97 seconds, behind an American sweep of the medals.

Seville, 21, admitted he was not happy with the fourth-place finish by the relay team on Saturday, but said there was a lot of hope for the future.

"To be honest, I am not happy and we could do better but we have to give thanks that all of us are healthy," he said.

"I actually learned a lot, going through the rounds, last year [at the Olympics] was a great experience for me and I transferred that to this championships," he added.

In Tokyo, Japan, in 2021, Seville got to the semi-finals of the 100m and improved on that at the World Championships. He said while he was excited at what is to come, he was also cautious against complacency.

Hinting that he will make his Diamond League debut in Poland on August 6, Seville said: "I am motivated that I was fourth at the World Championships, but that doesn't mean that I will get complacent because there are others out there trying to fight for the same position so there is no need to feel comfortable."

In Eugene, Seville, who was second to Yohan Blake at the Jamaican Championships in June, extended his sub-10 seconds streak to seven straight as he won his first-round race in 9.93. In the semi-final he ran 9.90, ahead of American Marvin Bracy who went on to take the silver medal in the final, and Canadian Aaron Brown.

PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

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