With concerns being raised over the state of Jamaica's men's sprinting, Patrick Dawson, the coach of 2011 world champion Yohan Blake, has assured that the 29 year old still has more to give. Meanwhile, at least one coach is reiterating the call for some track athletes to try their hand at the field events, given Jamaica's success at the Doha World Championships.
Patrick Dawson, coach for 2011 100 metres world champion Yohan Blake says the 29 year old performed up to standard despite the fact that he missed out on a medal at the recently-concluded IAAF World Championships in Doha. Blake ended 5th in the 100 metre final in 9.97 seconds and missed out on a place in the final of the 200 metres.
Meanwhile, triple jumper shanieka ricketts who won silver at the championships in Doha, is hoping that the performances of the athletes in the final will help to keep the event in the spotlight. Reports have surfaced that the triple jump may be cut from the 2020 Diamond League as organizers look to spice up the event, and Ricketts says she hopes the performances in Doha change their mind.
Ricketts' enthusiasm for the jumps is shared by national coach David Riley who has once again reiterated that more athletes could consider switching from some track events to the jumps and other field events..