Technical Leader for Jamaica's athletics team at this year's Commonwealth Games, Maurice Wilson, believes the country should expect more dominance in the non-traditional events going forward. Despite not getting any gold medals in the individual sprints or relays, Jamaica garnered wins in the field events, steeplechase and hurdles which contributed to their 7 gold medals at the Games.
Wilson says the long years of preparation along with inspiration from superstar Usain Bolt will finally pay off. “All we need to have is patience. The foundation has been laid, the talent is there; the human resource is there and there are persons who are doing exceptionally well as coaches in the jumps so it’s just a matter of time before we see even higher level performances emerging from these field events athletes,” said Wilson.
There is concern over double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson who failed to medal in the women's 200m but Wilson says there should be no worries. “She ran 22.3 in April; that’s fantastic and she’s conditioned by one of the best if not the best all-round coach in the world. If there is any concern it would be beyond the control of the persons who are involved,” noted Wilson.