Bailey: Underdog tag meant nothing to me

March 23, 2018
Gabrielle Bailey

St Jago High's Gabrielle Bailey says she capitalised on some signs of weakness in last year's Class One discus champion, Fiona Richards, to upset the Edwin Allen High ace and win the event at this year's ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships at the National Stadium on Wednesday.

Bailey said Richards, who like herself got injured in their warm-up, looked uncomfortable after the rain came down. And even though she was not at her best either, she believed the defending champion was vulnerable.

"It was set to rain and right then and there I realised she was not going to be as strong mentally as she was supposed to be, so I took advantage of that. It was a ding-dong battle, she, me, me, she. I got some good throws but I had fouled them and I thought she would have taken advantage of that, but mentally she was not strong enough today (Wednesday)," she told STAR Sports.

A confident competitor, Bailey said her underdog tag meant nothing to her coming into the championships.

"Leading up to the championships, I was an underdog. Everybody was like Fiona, Fiona, Fiona. The last place we competed was the (Digicel) Grand Prix, but I fouled out there, so she had that confidence over me coming into the championships.

"I came here with the intention of going over 50 metres. It didn't happen, but, despite that, I am thankful for the victory. It means a lot," said Bailey, who has a season's best of 51.46m.

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