Dwyer working towards Rio goal

March 07, 2016

Pan American Championships silver medallist Rasheed Dwyer dreams of adding an individual Olympic medal to his improving repertoire, and the 27-year-old is quietly working hard towards getting closer to that reality at this year's summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dwyer won a medal at the World Championships medal at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Beijing, China, last year after he ran on Jamaica's 4x100m team six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt was rested in the heats.

With that experience now under his belt, the athlete feels he has taken lessons away which will hopefully help him in his quest.

"Everybody dreams to be on the podium, but it's not just to dream alone it's just to go out there and put in the work in the background season and peaking end of the season and just do the necessary stuff that can help me reach my goals," said Dwyer.

Dwyer had some strong 200m runs last year, clocking 19.80 seconds in the Pan Am Championships semi-final to break Donald Quarrie's 44-year-old record.

"I won't say there will be any great achievement for the upcoming season, but the hard work that I am putting in will actually help me make the team for Rio," Dwyer told STAR SPORTS following his performance in men's 4x400 m clubs and institutions race at the Gibson McCook Relays last week.'

He stressed that his main focus this year is just to continue staying healthy and improving his race technique.

With a personal best of 10.16 in the 100m and 19.80 over 200m, Dwyer maintains he has no restrictions on himself.

"I never put a time on myself, I just go out there and the work that I put in will eventually show off."

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