Gonzales sets sights on Rio
An injury-plagued career has seen him miss several top international meets since 2012 but now 31-year-old Jermaine Gonzales has high hopes of a successful return to international competition.
Gonzales told STAR Sports, following his seasonal debut at the Gibson McCook Relays, that he is now focused on making the Jamaican track and field team to this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gonzales looked fairly comfortable on his relay leg as Cameron Blazers Track Club team placed third in the men's 4x400m for clubs and institutions.
"I'm just happy to be back it's been a long while and very frustrating. The last four years have been filled with a lot of injuries and I am just happy to be here competing again and to get through injury free," he said.
"I hope I will be good enough to make the Jamaican Olympic team. I am just taking it in stride and I believe in my talent, and once I am healthy I will always be among the best in the world," Gonzales said.
"It's just for me to stay focused, injury free and keep working hard," he stressed.
Gonzales broke Jamaica's national 400m record in 2010 setting a then new mark of 44.40 in Monaco and also impressed with a total of seven sub-45 seconds that same year. In 2011 Gonzales reached the 400 m final at the Daegu World Championships and placed fourth but missed the next two.
"I am looking to run as often as possible. When you haven't run for a while it's always good to get those cobwebs out. The next development meet I will definitely be there," he assured.
Gonzales, who underwent major knee surgeries, before returning to training last year, is currently being coached by 1983 400 m World Champion Bert Cameron.