I gave it my all - Russell
WHEN Dejour Russell's name was announced as one of the starters in the semi-finals of the Men's 110 metres hurdles on Saturday night at the JAAA National Senior Championships inside the National Stadium some fans thought it was a mistake.
However the small crowd went wild for the athlete who celebrated his 17th birthday on All Fool's Day this April.
Russell competing against seniors for the first time passed the acid test of the first round in style.
He was very competitive as he finished second in his heat and in the process had the experienced Hansle Parchment behind him as he advanced easily to the finals.
In the finals, the moment did not get to him as he was out of the blocks fast and was very competitive as he finished fourth. He could have been among the top three but hit the fourth hurdle which threw him off.
Russell clocked a personal best of 13.32 seconds and had the likes of Andrew Riley and Deuce Carter behind him.
Russell said he gave it his all.
"I went out hard but I hit the fourth hurdle and that threw off my race plan. I tried hard to get back but I just could not. I never doubt myself in life as anything you say you can do, you can and thank God and I am happy for my fourth place finish," he said.
Russell said he was not disappointed.
"I am not disappointed with my result as I had nothing to lose
"I just came out there with God, my father and family support and in the back of my mind I was saying to myself just go," he told STAR Sports.