Champs 2017 : Smith backs Calabar for title

March 31, 2017
Former decathlon world championships silver medallist Maurice Smith

He may sound biased but former Calabar athlete and world championships decathlete silver medallist Maurice Smith is backing his alma mater to win the Boys' Championship title.

Smith, who has been working with Calabar for more than two months now ,is confident they can strategise another victory.

"I am confident we will win. At the end of the day, it's whoever has the best strategy; the coach can give all the direction and guidance but the athletes have to go out there and perform," he said.

In his last two years at Calabar Smith won gold in 1998, and broke the-then decathlon Champs record, in his last year.

Having won two championships himself with the Red Hills Road-based giants, Smith is confident they will overcome this year's title favourites, and bitter rivals Kingston College.

"For the past five years (KC) have been favourites, but like every other team they have speed bumps and hurdles to overcome," he said.

"For me, it's just who overcomes the hurdles and speed bumps strategically, because winning this championship are about strategy," Smith told STAR Sports.

"Calabar has demonstrated that over the years, Michael Clarke is definitely the man as far as winning championships is concerned. I have seen him win championships with not just Calabar, but with Jamaica College.

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