Facey seeks fast time in Paris

August 27, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Simone Facey (left) races in the semi-finals of the women's 200m at the Rio Olympic Games. Facey finished third in a season's best 22.57. Michelle Lee-Ahye (right) of Trinidad and Tobago was second in a national record 22.25. Venezuela's Nercely Soto (centre) was seventh in a season's best 22.88.

PARIS, France:

Jamaica's Simone Facey will be eyeing a top three finish when she competes in the women's 200 metres at today's Diamond League meet in Paris.

"Definitely, I am hoping to finish in the top three in the event," said Facey when asked what are her expectations for the race.

Despite her confidence, Facey, who reached the semi-finals in the event at Rio at the Olympic Games, knows it will be no easy task.

The likes of Olympic silver medallist, Dafne Schippers of The Netherlands, Marie Ta Lou of Cote d'Ivoire who was fourth, and the United States', Jenny Prandini, will also be in the event here.

The talented Facey, who still holds the national junior record in the 200m and who was absent from the track for a while before bouncing back this season likes what she has done so far on the track.

"I like how I have done so far this season and I am happy to be in Paris as this is my second time here as I was here in 2014 and I am really looking forward to compete well," she said.

Facey stated that despite not reaching the Olympic finals of the 200 metres she was pleased with her performance.

"This was my first time running an individual event at the Olympics and despite not reaching the finals I gave it my all out of lane eight in the Semi Finals and it was an honour to represent the country at this level," concluded Facey who stated that she is hoping to run lower than 22.5 seconds today.

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