Growing in confidence


May 17, 2016
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String of positive runs for McLaughlin-Whilby


After spending the past year getting married and taking a break from the sport, sprinter Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby says she is growing in confidence after each run in her

comeback season, following a string of positive


McLaughlin-Whilby, a former standout at the age group level and a finalist at the 2009 World Championships, ran on strongly for third place in 22.94 in the women's 200m at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Shanghai, China, last Saturday, finishing behind the Ivory Coasts' Murielle Ahoure, 22.72, and

fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown, 22.82.

This followed a 22.78 first-place finish at the MVP Track and Field Meet in April and a 22.79 second-place run at the Jamaica International Invitational a couple weeks ago. She has also ran 52.87 and 51.83 over 400m and 11.41 in the 100m so far this year.

McLaughlin-Whilby, who spent much of her senior career under the guidance of MVP Track Club's Stephen Francis, has since reunited with her old high school coach Maurice Wilson at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports-based Sprintec Track Club and says it's as if they had never separated.

"We have a very good relationship from high school, he has always been like a father to me, we are familiar with each other so we have just picked up from where we left off really," McLaughlin-Whilby said.

The 30-year-old said she was pleased with her effort in Shanghai, and added that she has been steadily growing in confidence since her return to the competitive scene.

"That was a very hard 22.9, but I am happy, I had to change up the way I executed my race a bit because I was in lane two, but otherwise I am satisfied with how it went," she said.

"I have been growing in confidence since I came back. I get a little more confident every time I compete, I feel stronger now and I am just happy that I am able to come back, come out here and compete and also that I am injury free," she added.

McLaughlin will compete in Trinidad and Tobago this weekend as she continues her preparation for her push for a spot on Jamaica's team to the Olympic Games.

- A.L.

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