Russell looks forward to competition - Rules out World Indoors, Commonwealth Games effort
IAAF World Under-18 110 metre hurdles champion Dejour Russell (Calabar) made his first appearance on the track this season after competing in the Class One 100 metres, and the 4x100 metres at the Camperdown Classics held at the National Stadium last Saturday.
Russell said he was pleased with his runs after finishing second in the 100 metres and anchoring his Class One 4x100 metres team to an emphatic 40.12 seconds.
"The 100 metres was my first competitive individual race for the season. I wasn't expecting anything great as the instruction from my coach was to just get the first 30 metres out of the way and execute well and that was just the plan", said Russell, who clocked 10.62 seconds in a negative wind of 3.5 metres per second to finish second behind Michail Everett of Jamaica College, who won in 10.53 seconds.
Russel spoke also about his team's win in the 4x100 metres relay without the likes of Christopher Taylor and Tyreke Wilson.
"It was a pretty good race; a walk in the park for us as we were not at our maximum, but we are grateful we all finished injury-free", he continued.
Looking forward, Russell stated that he will run his pet event, the 110 metres hurdles at this weekend's Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet, a Digicel Grand Prix event, at the National Stadium.
"I am looking to open in my 110 metres hurdles at the Corporate Area Development Meet because most people will be there and it is going to be more competitive as everyone know that Dejour loves competition, and I perform at my best when there is good competition", Russell said.
Russell also noted that he will be focusing on his academics this year and does not have any plans to attempt making teams to the World Indoor Championships and Commonwealth Games.
"It is strictly academics for me as those meets will clash with my preparation for CXC examinations and that is a prority now. Boys and Girls' Championships is enough for me", Russell concluded.