At last - Facey thrilled with 100m WC spot
Veteran Jamaican sprinter Simone Facey has expressed delight after she booked her spot to represent the country in the individual 100m for the first time at the senior level at the World Championships in London in August.
The 32-year Facey ran a season's best 11.04 to finish second in the 100m final at the National Championships at the National Stadium on Friday night.
The race was won by Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson in a world-leading 10.71.
Facey, who was a member of Jamaica's 4x100m relay team that won the silver at Rio Olympic Games last year, said this was a tremendous achievement.
"It feels great," said Facey. "I put in much work this year and so I know what I was capable of doing here," she said.
"I am just happy that I was able to come out here, and in the end, I know that I am going to represent my country again, but not only just representing my country, but representing my country for the first time in the 100 metres," said Facey.
She added: "This is the highest I have placed in the 100m (at the National Championships), and so I am really excited, and so hard work does pay off."
The former Vere Technical athlete who has a personal best time of 10.95, but who has yet to break 11 seconds this season, added that she plans to run much faster this season.
"I am not really satisfied with the time, but the important thing is that I am on the team. I know that 10 will come, and today wasn't that day for it to come, and so I am still grateful that I was able to come out here and compete injury free," said Facey.
"This is a great example for all the other young athletes coming up in that no matter how old you are, once you have a goal, you just have to go out there and achieve it," she said.