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January 10, 2013
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Bert won't quit on Gonz - Former world champion turned coach believes 400m sprinter has a lot more to give
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Bertland 'Bert' Cameron - File

Bert Cameron has thrown his support behind his star athlete Jermaine Gonzales, tipping the 28-year-old to bounce back after a rough 2012 and underline his belief in the national record holder.

Gonzales, who was the subject of much discussion after the London Olympic Games after he pulled up injured on the first leg of the 4x400m, struggled to a 45.18 best last he had failed to dip below 45 seconds since 2010.

However, Gonzales, who followed Cam-eron to his new Cameron Blazers Track Club, is said to be extremely motivated to do well this season despite minor injury concerns.

"I am a motivation for him and I will always be here pushing him, so hopefully this year or next year, he will be able to come even better. He still has a good four years left, he is just 28 and Jermaine is an athlete that I will never give up on and I know he will never give up on himself," said Cameron, who is Jamaica's last 400m gold medalist on the international stage after his 1983 World Championships feat.

Cameron is hoping that his charge will be able to return to his sub-45 form this season, with the IAAF World Championships set for Moscow later this year.

"I have no doubt about his preparation, I believe that he is willing and wants to be up there so hopefully his determination and ability will get him there," Cameron told Star Sports.

"This World Championships year, I just want to see him break 45 seconds because he didn't do that last year, ... after he does that, we will take it from there. Once he goes back into 44 seconds, he will realise how to run the race again, he had a bad year last year and sometimes you try to do too much," Cameron added.

Gonzales has struggled with injuries for much of his career and despite medals at the CAC Juniors, CARIFTA Games, World Youth, World Junior and Commonwealth Games levels, he is yet to transmit that potential into a medal at the global senior level.

Jermaine Gonzales

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