Back on my feet again - Bailey-Cole

January 24, 2018
Nickel Ashmeade (right) hands over the baton to Kemar Bailey-Cole in the heats of the men's 4x100m in Rio 2016.

Sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole said he is back in training, recovering from a hamstring injury, which had kept him out of action since last June.

Bailey-Cole, the 2014 Commonwealth Games 100m champion, pulled up injured in the first round of 100m races at the last national senior championships.

Bailey-Coley, 26, told STAR Sports that his recovery has been going according to plan, but he is in no rush to get back on the track.

"I am just taking it slowly after last season's injury," he said. "I am just working on strength right now to get back because I am not really not rushing back into running right now. I just want to get stronger and make sure the running is proper this time," Bailey-Cole said.

"I am back in spikes, but not fully doing anything explosive. I am gradually working back and getting the muscle memory back together," he added.

 

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A former training partner of now-retired sprint icon Usain Bolt at Racers Track Club, Bailey-Cole said the injury was a very difficult one for him.

"It was a painful injury because, last year; I was in good shape to contend for a medal at the World Championships. When I felt that grab in the race, everything just fell apart, completely," Bailey-Coley said.

The lanky sprinter, who has a personal best of 9.92 in the 100m and 20.66 at 200m, said once he gets over the injury, he plans to run a lot more 200m instead of the 100m.

"If my body allows me, and if I get back into that sort of shape, I will be running more 200m because I don't think I will be running much 100m this season," he said.

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