World champs hurdles on McPherson's mind

September 12, 2016
Jamaica's Stephenie McPherson

BRUSSELS, Belgium:

Stephenie Ann McPherson is already anticipating doing the 400 metres hurdles at the World Championships in London next summer.

McPherson, who earlier this month signalled her intent to do the event come next season, on Friday earned the Diamond Trophy and a wild-card entry to next year's World Championships in London in the 400m after a win at the final Diamond League of the season, the Memorial van Damme, here.


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There will be four Jamaican women in the 400m in London.

"To know that you will have four Jamaicans in the 400m at the World Championships in London next year is a very good thing and that is the most important thing and I'm also looking forward to try something new a different event at the National Championships next year," added McPherson.

Diamond League winners as well as defending world champions are given wild card entries in their event to the next World Championships, meaning that Jamaica will have four athletes competing in the women's 400m McPherson plus the three selected from the National Senior Championships next year.

McPherson has also shared that she is in discussion with her coach Stephen Francis to experiment with the 400m hurdles event next season and her not having to qualify for the flat event at trials will give her that opportunity there.


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"We will talk some more about it when I get back home so its really up to him (Francis), if and when I run the 400m hurdles," McPherson noted adding that she didn't think too much about the threat of Hastings where the Diamond Race was concerned.

"I wasn't nervous about her at all, most times I focus on my execution, I didn't really do that today (yesterday) but I'm happy to have still come out with the Diamond. Sometimes in a race I will lose concentration but I don't really get nervous at all no matter what," McPherson added.

The last Jamaican to win the women's 400m Diamond Trophy was Novlene Williams Mills back in 2014.

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