McLaughlin-Whilby returns to training

October 20, 2016
@Normal:Chris-Ann Gordon (third right) takes off after receiving the baton from Anneisha McLaughlin (right) during the women's 4x400 metres at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

After earning a silver medal as a member of Jamaica's 4x400m relay team at the Rio Olympic Games, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby has returned to training with her sights set on the 400m at the 2017 World Championships in London.

The former Holmwood Technical High standout, now 30-year-old wife and Olympian, last summer, copped an all important medal which was a missing part of a very resplendent youth career.

"I started training this week, so I am very excited. I would say I had a wonderful season last year; 2016 was good for me and a comeback year for me," she said.

"I made my first Olympic team and I got a silver medal in the women's 4x400m," the athlete continued, in company of her number-one fan - husband Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Captain Cortess Whilby.

They were present at a ceremony for the country's Olympic and Paralympics athletes at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Saturday night.

"I definitely think my best is yet to come, and seeing as I changed to the 400m, the room for improvement is great and I am just looking forward to next season," she continued.

"Personally, I don't really set short-term goals. I do it one step at a time as the season progresses. I don't really have times that I would like to meet. I just look to go out there and compete to do my best and surpass my previous marks," she told STAR Sports.

NO TRANSITION

In 2002, the talented athlete was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 2002 CARIFTA Games, but never seemed to transition onto the world stage.

She finished fifth in the 200m final at the 2009 IAAF World Championships and also reached the Commonwealth Games final, then dropped the 200m to pursue the 400m at the National trials prior to the Rio Olympics.

She is still working with high-school coach Maurice Wilson.

"I just hope to train hard and stay injury-free, and hopefully, I will make the World Championships team," she added.

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