Lee still has big dreams

June 03, 2017
Dexter Lee winning his heat at the UWI 10th Anniversary Track meet on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Dexter Lee has not given up on his dreams of making it big in athletics, and is eyeing a return to the National Senior Championships later this month as the place to make it happen.

The two-time World Junior 100-metre champion is hoping to make the Jamaica team to the World Championships in August.

When Lee ran the anchor leg in the 4x100- metre heats at the 2011 World Championships, he was a hot property. A star for Herbert Morrison High School, he made history with 100 metre gold medals at the 2007 World Youth Championships and the 2008 and 2010 World Junior Championships. However, his progress since then has been slow.




"I think my time will come soon enough so [I]just keep working hard and hope for the best," he told STAR Sports.

Lee has changed coaches twice since his Herbert Morrison days.

"Sometimes you have to get accustomed to the new programme, so when you're in a new coach environment, you kinda get adjusted to it, so I think I'm getting adjusted to it so I'm expecting good things," he said.

Now settled at Michael Clarke's Akan Track Club, Dexter is confident about his 2017 season. "I picked up a little hamstring injury earlier in the season but lately I've been looking good. Training has been going great, running some good times so expecting good things at Trials," he said.

His goals for the Trials include the finals and going for a spot.

Last year, he barely missed the final and produced a time of 10.14 seconds in the semi-final. That run is a source of encouragement for Lee. The athlete, whose personal best is 10.06 seconds, has never contemplated giving up.

I'm just working hard every day because I believe in myself so I continue to work hard," he said.

Lee expects to be in action at the Racers Grand Prix on June 10.

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