Bailey to continue comeback with 200m run

April 13, 2016
Daniel Bailey

Antigua and Barbuda sprint king Daniel Bailey will continue his comeback from injury this Saturday at the MVP Classics at the National Stadium.

Twice a World Championships 100-metre finalist, Bailey will test his fitness in the 200. He is hoping that will set the tone for his pursuit of Olympic glory in Rio de Janeiro later this year.

The 29-year-old Racers Track Club athlete finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships 100m finals and, in between, collected a bronze medal for his third-place finish at the 2010 World Indoor Championships.

Hamstring injuries have slowed him since then.

"I'm taking it stride by stride and race by race," he said at last Saturday's Seniors Link Up meet at Stadium East.

"I'm running my first race next week. Hopefully, here at the Stadium," he said, "I'll run a 200 and see where I'm at and then I'll take it from there."

Saturday's meet will be the second in the Seniors Link Up series.

Bailey's recovery has been steady. National record holder at 9.91 seconds, he did a personal best of 20.40 at the 2014 Games and clocked 10.11 last year in the 100.

"So I'm getting back to where I'm supposed to be, year after year, getting back stronger."

"Physically, I'm good but mentally it's a bit iffy," he said of his ongoing recovery.

The three-time Olympian has lofty targets for this season.

"Just making the final and getting a medal in both the Olympic final and the World Championships next year," he said.

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