Bailey gives herself March fitness deadline

January 18, 2017
Aleen Bailey

Olympic relay gold medal winner Aleen Bailey is still running and hopes to continue her track and field career once she gets over her injuries.

Now 36, Bailey is working to regain full fitness and will make her mind up about staying on track in March. Despite all she has achieved, the former Vere Technical High School star feels she has more to give.

Coached now by her former Vere Technical teammate Soyini Thompson, Bailey spoke candidly of her future in when asked about possible retirement.

"I haven't decided yet. I'm still working out. I'll make a decision based on how I feel in March," she told STAR Sports.

 

RESPONSE TO TREATMENT

 

Bailey, and the head women's track and field coach at Charleston Southern University, Thompson, will be waiting until March to see if a pesky hip injury responds to treatment.

That problem is the extension of two years of trouble for the 2001 and 2003 National Senior 100 and 200 metre champion.

"I was in a car accident and I took a year off and I'm getting old. Last year, I tore my hamstring and that took a while. That's why we're trying to figure out if the hip doesn't start feeling better ... ," she said.

If she makes her March fitness deadline, she will be optimistic about her sprinting prospects.

"I never doubt myself even if it looks difficult," she promised.

Her additional motivation is to inspire others.

"It's not about me. It's about who I'm inspiring to do their best and not give up something that they love," she said.

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