Champs 2018: Cautiously Confident - Carpenter coy ahead of big 400 showdown
Calabar's Class One quarter-miler Anthony Carpenter, who finished second behind teammate Christopher Taylor in the one-lap event at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships last year, was very cautious when asked about his chances going into the event this week.
A top name in the Calabar ranks, Carpenter will be joined by Shemar Chambers as the school's two representatives in the event at Champs 2018.
Carpenter, who recently had his colours lowered by Kingston College's Dashawn Morris in the event at the Carifta Trials, said that he and his coaches have been working on a new race strategy following that Carifta run, and he remains quietly confident given the shape he is now in.
"After my recent second-place finish behind Morris, I came back to training and sat down with my coach, and we have decided on a different race plan," Carpenter said.
In that race, Carpenter had a commanding lead going into the home stretch, but Morris pegged him back close to home for the win.
"I have adjusted my race plan, and definitely this will not happen again, and myself and my teammate, Shemar, will be hoping to give the team maximum points here," Carpenter added.
After running some fast times in the 200 metres this season, the youngster was asked what times he is looking forward to in both the 200 and 400 metres, but said that his focus was simply on executing his races effectively.
"At this moment, I am not putting any limits on the times. We just have to wait and see after the race," Carpenter said. "I am in great shape going into the Championships, and my fans have faith in me and I am just hoping they will come out and support me, as I will make them happy."