After injury, Livermore plots return

January 27, 2016
Jason Livermore participating in the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations World Relays.

Injury may have ruined his 2015 season, but that hasn't stopped Jason Livermore from thinking big. Axed by a leg ailment in last year's National Championship 100-metre final, the 27-year-old is already looking forward to this season's trials.

In 2013, Livermore took a bronze medal in the 200m at the CAC Championships and reached the semi-finals of the event at the World Championships in Moscow.

He followed that with a bronze in the 200m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Sadly, the progress stopped last year. Not long after he helped Jamaica to win the 4x200m at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Relays in the Bahamas, his dreams of running in the World Championships were crushed by his injury.

"My coach is ensuring that I do the necessary things to get me back where I was and better than I was before," Livermore said of his coach, Michael Clarke.

He knows that he may need to be better than he was before to qualify for the Jamaican team to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2015, six Jamaicans ran faster than his 100m lifetime best, and three surpassed his career best in the 200m. Livermore is undaunted.

"Things are looking forward for now in the sprints because there are a lot of athletes in Jamaica, especially young sprinters," he said.

"It has always been the same, year in, year out, just go to trials, make the finals and be in the top three," he said.

"For now, we're just looking at how 2016 can really turn out for me and in the best way possible," he said.

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