Tit for tat! - Allison lowers Anderson's Champs mark before ink dries

March 29, 2017
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'I CAN do better,' Holmwood Technical's Shanette Allison showed Britany Anderson of Vere Technical, lowering the Champs record before the ink dried on her rival's new mark in the heats of the class two girls' 100m hurdles.

Anderson's 13.37 in heat one bettered the then previous mark of 13.38 seconds set by Peta-Gaye Williams in 2013. However, the cheers had hardly died down when Allison stepped up with a smooth 13.30 seconds, albeit running with a positive 0.3 metres per-second wind speed behind her.

Defending champion Daszay Freeman of Manchester High easily qualified for the semi-final round with a comfortable 13.65 seconds. However, Allison, 16, said she is just getting started, underlining her credentials as one of the favourites for the gold medal.

"Just feeling confident in myself. I knew I could have run fast here, basically a lot of training went into getting this time and performance, as easy as it looked, I worked for it," she told STAR Sports.

Allison admitted not knowing she could have broken the record in her first heat, but said she is ready and raring to go faster.

"I didn't plan for a record. It just happened today and, yes, I am excited, but it's back to the drawing board to challenge myself to go faster," she said in an ominous warning to her rivals.

Allison, similar to her teammates, is putting in the work to help Holmwood challenge reigning Girls Champs holders Edwin Allen.

"Yes, we can win the title, I know we can do it. I believe in my school and it's possible. We can be up there with Edwin Allen," she said.

"I am looking to play the role, as expected, and I will be looking to win at least two medals in the 100 hurdles and 4x100," she added.

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