Confident Jamaica-trained Callender heads to T&T trials

June 17, 2017
Tyquendo Tracey of the University of Technology (right) with Emmanuel Callender (left) compete in the men's 100 metres at the Gibson-McCook Relays at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 2.

Emmanuel Callender, the Jamaica-based Trinidad and Tobago sprinter, is ready for his country's national track and field championships. Callender is going to the meet, set for June 23-25, in consistent form. He expects his preparations here in Jamaica will help him to succeed when he goes home.

Now 33, he has run his fastest 100 and 200 metre times since 2012.

"I came across to Jamaica early in October and put in some solid work. Early in the season, I ran a season best 46.8 in the 400 metres and I've been running some consistent 10.2s and 10.1s," he said at a recent meet in Jamaica.

He has run 10.19 and 20.77 seconds for the 100 and 200 metres, respectively, with an additional 100 metres times of 10.23s and two clockings of 10.25 seconds.

"So, I'm really fit," said Callender, who has personal bests of 10.05 and 20.40.

He knows that the opposition at home will be fierce. He pinpointed Jeremy Richards, who has run 19.97 seconds for 200 metres on the US college circuit, former world junior finalist Moriba Morain, and his national relay colleague Keston Bledman as his main rivals but is looking forward to racing them.

Coached in Jamaica by Ogle Stewart at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, the 2008 CAC 100m champion said that he has learned a lot.

"Being a late starter, not running from the junior level going through Croft and all those other things, I tend to over-think things, and now I'm just trying to have fun and trying to execute in the race so that when I come to the championships, I can perform."

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