Jamaica Observer / Over the past few years Hydel High have become a real force on the girls’ side at Champs. Head Coach Corey Bennett has developed a system that works, bringing through one competitive team after the next in the last four to five years.
His team captain, Shiann Salmon, is one of the Hydel star athletes that looks set to make a strong statement at the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association/GraceKennedy Athletics Championships next week, especially following her dominant performance at the Digicel Athletics Grand Prix Finals last weekend.
Salmon was the class of the the field in a personal best performance in the 400m hurdles finals. She took the race out strongly, putting pressure on her opponents, and never gave them a look in at any point in time.
She was metres ahead when coming off the final turn and was across the finish line in 57.65s, long before a number of the other athletes in the race had reached the final hurdle.
For Salmon, the win was about living up to expectations, a situation she relishes being in.
“Firstly, I love competition, so being the favourite coming into the race, I just wanted to go out there and let everyone get what they expected from me,” she said with authority.
Having judged the conditions properly, the sixth former was able to execute a race plan that virtually guaranteed her success.
“I knew that the breeze would be in my face in the home stretch so I went out as hard as possible so that I could have a little advantage over the rest of them coming into the straight,” Salmon disclosed.
Being the Digicel Grand Prix champion was a quite pleasurable experience for the very determined athlete.
“I feel very elated because I wanted to come out here and get a season best and I got just that, so I am very happy.”
Unlike most other athletes, Salmon, who runs the 400m and the 400m hurdles for her school, has no plans to concern herself with her competitors at Champs.
“I am just going out there to do my best and get some new PBs. If I get new PBs that’s all I want, so I would be happy with that. Anything that comes with the PBs that would be just bonus,” she declared.
– Dwayne Richards
Outstanding Shiann Salmon fans Hydel flame
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