Matthews happy with 4x400m contribution

September 01, 2016
Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer Peter Matthews (left) and Javon Francis runs at the country's pre-Games training camp at a naval base in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Jamaica's mile relay team of Matthews, Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, and Javon Francis finished the 4x400m men's final second, behind the United States in a time of 2:58.16.

"I like my input, and my team's effort, it was 16 years without Jamaica having a 4x400 men's medal in the Olympics, so that was a pretty good achievement," said Matthews.

"It was my first Olympics and I made the best of it, I got a silver medal in the 4x400m and I am happy about it," he added.

new camp

The 26-year-old, who switched from Racers Track Club to Michael Clarke's Akan Track base prior to the Games expressed faith in his new camp and coach.

"I have faith in what he is doing, we talk a lot. The communication process is good, and I am confident that I will do well with him."

"We never knew which position we would have got, but we just went out there and worked hard. We got silver and we were proud about that," he said.

Matthews, who has a personal best of 44.69 seconds, is now confident as he gets ready for the World Championships, next year.

The athlete has a Personal best of 44.69s.

"I probably have a few races overseas, and after that, I will take some rest and go back to training, and start over preparations," he said.

"My hope for World Championships, I want to be in the final this time around, and be in really good shape, and that I will be injury free and I hope to do a good job," he added.

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