Mixed feeling: Salmon ambivalent after baton exchange violation

April 04, 2018

Hydel High School track and field captain, Shiann Salmon, has mixed feeling after competing in her final Carifta Games held in Nassau Bahamas recently.

Salmon broke the record in the 400m hurdles Under-20 girls in 56.22 seconds. She erased the old mark of 56.29. However, Salmon was a member of Jamaica's U-20 4x400m team that was disqualified for a baton exchange violation after crossing the line first in the event on the final day of the meet.

"It is a very good feeling knowing that I broke the Champs (ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championship) record and the Carifta record in my last year," Salmon told STAR Sports after the team arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

"I am really disappointed that we got disqualified but it is just a part of the game. They said that the person (Sanique Walker) that was giving me the baton should be the one to pick it up," she said.

"I don't think that it was the right decision because the baton got into my hand and dropped so I should have being the one to pick up. And, that was what I did but we were disqualified regardless. We just have to accept the decision," the 18 year-old, added.

Salmon is now looking forward to gaining a scholarship in the United States of America (USA).

"It is going pretty good as my coach (Corey Bennett) and I are communicating on this pretty good. I have a few options and I know that he will assist me in getting the best one," she pointed out.

"I am pushing to go to the World Juniors (World Under-20 Championship) and getting a good scholarship overseas. I will continue to do my track and field and also pursue a degree in business as I want to become an entrepreneur," Salmon also said.

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