Gordon-Powell left disappointed despite 800m win
Chrisann Gordon-Powell wins the Women’s 800m ahead of Natoya Goule and Adelle Tracey at the National Championships in Kingston on Sunday. Photo: Dwayne Richards

Chrisann Gordon-Powell’s dream of securing a guaranteed spot at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, next month was left unfulfilled despite winning the Women’s 800m final at the JAAA National Senior and Junior Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston on the weekend.

Gordon-Powell, who took up the 800m for the first time in eight years at the start of this season, also ended the eight-year reign of Natoya Goule when she clocked 2:00.35 to win ahead of the national record holder, who was timed in 2:00.83 for second place. Adele Tracey was third in 2:01.18.

The former 400m runner took solace in the fact that she was winning her first national title in the event, but acknowledged that having to run in a heavy downpour, on a waterlogged track, did not help her efforts.

“This is the first time doing the 800m in probably eight years. I am a little bit disappointed with the time, but the weather wasn’t great, but I still have to give thanks for a national title,” the former quarter-miler said.

The Olympic Games relay silver medallist said that her race plan is what helped her get the victory despite the terrible weather conditions.

“I had a race plan coming in, no matter what the conditions were. My aim was to make sure that I have enough energy for the last 100m, because when you are looking at the 800m right now, the athletes that are winning are the ones who can finish strong. So, I wanted to make sure I run an even race and have enough to finish strong and that’s what I did.”

She came within a whisker of making the qualifying time for the World Championships earlier this year and says she was certain she could have achieved it in Jamaica, had conditions been better suited for running.

“It’s very unfortunate. A few weeks ago, I ran 1:59.52 and the standard is 1:59.50, so I barely missed it. I was coming here to get the qualifying time, because I am in way better shape from when I ran that 1:59, but the weather wasn’t great. I am very disappointed.

“It’s a bad place to be in right now to be honest. I just have to have faith right now. I am having faith in hoping that I will be there because I feel like I have so much to give, but I didn’t get the chance to express that (Sunday), so I am just hoping for the best,” she said.

Gordon-Powell says that she is spending time learning to run the event at this level even as she praised Goule for her efforts over the past few years.

“Natoya Goule has been carrying the flag for Jamaica for a long time and it’s a good feeling joining her now and I’m like a student to the event right now. There is a lot of room for improvement, and I am looking forward to future years.

“When I say that I am a student, I’m always studying the 800m. I always watch videos with the other athletes I like to know their strengths and their weakness, so I know what to expect going up against them. I’m still learning right now, and I think I am doing pretty well, so years to come I think I will be better,” she stated.

Based on her current world ranking, Gordon-Powell may just make qualification with her current season’s best time.

— Dwayne Richards

Dwayne Richards

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