Bailey-Cole boosted by JII win

May 27, 2016
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Having topped a competitive 100-metre field, which included top American sprinter Mike Rodgers at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet earlier this month, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kemar Bailey-Cole will be encouraged to work hard, rise above the setbacks of last season, and compete well this year.

The 24-year-old Racers Track Club athlete powered home in 10.01. Rodgers clocked 10.02 seconds at the National Stadium on May 7.

The Jamaican, hoping to make a name for himself at the Rio Olympics this year, was encouraged by his win.

"Definitely a boost to my confidence going into trials and other races coming up," he said, adding, "I didn't expect to come out and win. I just came out here to run, and I just go home with it feeling good."

He added that he is just going to trials to run, and has no expectations, except to finish in the top three.

Bailey-Cole said his preparations were not at their best this season, but his major goal is to make the Olympic team, and stay healthy through the national trials next month.

"I can definitely make the top three," he said.

Bailey-Cole will face some big names along the way including his own Racers Track Club training partners, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.

"I am not under pressure to get back to my best, but sometimes I put myself under pressure so I have to run some times to get up to the top," Bailey-Cole told STAR Sports.

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