Brown targeting gold in Finland
Though her 13.09 seconds personal best in the 100m hurdles at the recently concluded National Junior and Senior Championships ranks her sixth in the World in the under-20 category, Amoi Brown believes that she can contend for a medal at the World Under-20 championships in Tampere, Finland, next month.
"My expectation is nothing but to win. I want to win with a better time than I ran today (last week Saturday)," Brown said after the race.
Brown is ranked behind three Americans - Chenell Brissett, Courtney Jones, and Tia Jones; and French athlete Cyrena Samba- Mayela. The three Americans have dipped below 13 seconds and Brown believes that she has the capability to join that club when she competes at the championships, which runs from July 10 to 15.
"I believe that I can run under 13 seconds. My coach has worked with me, and we are making a lot of progress. I have a lot more in store," Brown said.
Brown, who will be attending the University of Texas at Austin this autumn, won the race ahead of World Youth champion Britany Anderson, who also ran a personal best time of 13.19 seconds.
She is also looking to go under 13 seconds. "I really think I can run under 13 seconds. I am pleased with the performance," Anderson said.
Anderson, who transferred from Vere Technical High School to Camperdown High last school year, had to sit out the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships earlier this year, but this, according to her, did not affect her preparation for the Under-20 championships.
"I used Carifta as a stepping stone for this. So that helps to keep me competitive throughout the season," Anderson said.