McPherson – I’m still learning to execute
While she's earned good accolades on the track over the last three seasons, Jamaican 400-metre runner Stephenie Ann McPherson admits that she's still learning her craft, and it appears it comes in for criticism from her coach at the MVP Track and Field Club, Stephen Francis.
McPherson won gold in the 400m, and was part of the gold medal-winning 4x400m team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
She ran the third leg on Jamaica's World Championships gold medal-winning mile relay team in Beijing last year, but finished fourth at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, last March.
McPherson, who won the 400m at the ExxonMobil Bislett Diamond League here on Thursday, told STAR Sports that she has not yet mastered the execution of her race, specifically the first 200m.
It's something she needs to work on as the clock counts down to the 2016 Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Senior Championships later this month.
Her personal-best 49.92 seconds was done in Monaco almost three years ago and her best this season, 50.98, she ran in Shanghai on May 14.
"I would love to run sub-50 at trials. I know I can do it, but I always have execution problems and I am really, really, working hard on that because I am really extremely faster than ever and I have to learn to control that speed because once I reach that 200m my legs start to get heavy because I always tend to run the first 200m a bit too hard without knowing," McPherson said.
McPherson and coach Stephen Francis, known to be a hard taskmaster, have been working to adjust her strategy.
"We're working on it. He (Francis) says a lot and we're doing a lot in training," she said.