Rista must stay hungry - Wilson

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August 12, 2017
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Ricardo Makyn/Multi Media Photo Editor Ristanana Tracey (center) clears the hurdle to go on to finish the Women's 400m hurdles in third and take the bronze medal in a personal best time of 53.74 seconds.
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LONDON, England:

After guiding Ristananna Tracey to their first medal at the senior global level,coach Maurice Wilson says he is pleased with the athlete's development but underlined that she will only achieve her full potential if she continues to push herself towards it.

Tracey stopped the clock in a personal best 53.74 seconds to claim bronze behind Kori Carter, 53.07 and Dalilah Muhammad, 53.50 in the final of the 400m hurdles inside the London Stadium on Thursday,.

Wilson said he was pleased with the medal's effect in lifting the spirit around entire team and believes the 25 year-old is still at the beginning of her cycle.

"In my mind I believe she is one of the strongest runners after hurdle nine and 10 and I felt that once she was in contention, she would be among the medals and fortunately the tactics that we designed paid off for her," said Wilson.

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That strategy involved not following Carter's expected early pace and pushing hard off hurdle nine and though Tracey was nervous Wilson said it was key to keep her calm and assured heading into the contest.

He is now hoping that Tracey will continue to push forward in her development and follow in the footsteps of other Jamaican Deon Hemmings and Melaine Walker.

"I think she has a lot of potential. Sometimes it's difficult to get athletes to believe in what you do, so it takes patience but I am happy for her success," Wilson said.

"Athletes tend when they start to become successful or when they are successful, think that the pathway is easier. I am hoping that Rista will understand that 53 seconds is just the beginning of the road. It's important for her to understand that the hunger and discipline, the track regimen, the willingness to listen and continue to want to achieve more; that hunger must be there. If it is not there, we cannot guarantee what she will do in the future," Wilson noted.

"She would have experienced a couple years of a lull in her career and I hope she has learnt from that," said Wilson.

- A.L.

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