Allen, Bloomfield target World Champs
FOLLOWING outstanding performances over the weekend where both athletes went under 45 seconds at the Southeastern Conference Meet in South Carolina, University of Auburn pair Nathan Allen and Akeem Bloomfield are both positive about their prospect for the remainder of the season.
Allen, the former St Jago athlete who is now the third ranked quarter-miler in the world and number one in Jamaica after his second place finish of 44.52 seconds - a personal best and his first time under the 45 seconds, was very pleased about his performance.
"It's a wonderful feeling to know that my name is mentioned among the great athletes back home. It is really competitive right across the different race disciplines, so for me it's something that is well appreciated," Allen said before speaking to his chances of making the Jamaican team to the World Championships in August.
"As for the World Championships I think a goal for each and every athlete is to compete at the highest level and representing your country and in the end if I can make it on the Jamaican team for the World Championships I would be elated," added Allen, who competed in the Olympic last year.
Bloomfield, the former Kingston College star athlete was going under 45 seconds for the second time after finishing third in 44.81 seconds, to follow up on his 44.91 seconds done at the Champs 2015, where he defeated Allen on his way to breaking the national junior record.
Ranked number six in the world, Bloomfield is happy to be listed among the best 400m athletes in the world so far and is also eyeing a spot on the World Championships team.
"I feel very happy being one of the top quarter miles so far this season. The goal for the season is to build my strength base and finish a season without an injury," said Bloomfield. "Making the World Championships team is one of my goals this season and once I am injury-free and firing, I think I have a chance of making the Jamaican team."