I wanted to make final junior year a great one - James

July 28, 2016
Tiffany James (centre) speeds to victory in the women's 400m in a world junior leading 51.32 seconds at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Junelle Bromfield of Jamaica (right) was third in 52.05 while Australia's Jessica Thornton (left) was fourth, also in 52.05 seconds. Collin Reid Photo

 

Tiffany James created history by becoming the first Jamaican female to win a global title in the 400 m at the recent World Under 20 Championships in Bydgoszcz. Poland.

James went into the Championships as the third ranked athlete with a personal best of 52.06 seconds. From the moment she touched the track it was evident that she was on a mission.

She won her first heat easily in 52.98 seconds to be the fastest qualifier. She stepped up the pace in the next round, obliterating the field to win her semi-final in a personal best 51.77 seconds, improving on her previous best 52.06 seconds.

James, who had expressed a lot of confidence at the National Championships said she was not surprised by her historic achievement.

 

was disappointed

 

"I believed in myself and this was my final year as a junior so I wanted to make it a great one. I was disappointed at the Carifta Games not winning but I told myself I still have time to pick up," she told STAR Sports.

"I worked hard and I built more confidence after seeing the run I made in the semi-finals and it was just discipline, dedication and determination," she added.

James said she was nervous entering the starting blocks.

"But I told myself that I have worked hard for this and I cannot control what anyone else does in their lane. It was a tough race but in the end I pulled through," she said.

With the Under 20 World Championships being her final representation as a junior she is looking forward to her senior years of competition."

"Next year starting 2017, my first senior year which I think is World University Games I would like to be there and I will be also working hard for a spot on the World Senior Championships team," she said finally.

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