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Greaux chases World 200m goldAndre E Baptiste :: Trinidad Guardian :: 30.09.2019
T&T sprint ers Kyle Greaux and Jereem Richards shared con trast ing for tunes in the men's 200 me tres at the World Cham pi onships in Do ha, Qatar, on Monday.
On a cool evening, Greaux, run ning in semi fi nal three, placed sec ond in a time of 20.24 sec onds be hind Cana da's An dre De Grasse, who crossed in 20.08 and au to mat i cal ly pro gressed to to day's fi nal at 3.40 pm (TT time).
Ear li er though, com pa tri ot Richards, rac ing in semi fi nal one, placed fourth in 20.28 and missed out on qual i fy ing as he was the third-fastest los er and ninth over all. On ly the two fastest pro gressed to the medal race.
Greaux reached his sec ond ma jor 200m fi nal af ter al so book ing a spot in the Com mon wealth Games fi nal in Aus tralia last year.
"It was tough, tough," he told Guardian Me dia Sports af ter wards.
"Men tal ly I was there. I have had an in jury for a while which the med ical team have been work ing on and while on Sun day it was okay, to day it was bad. I felt the full brunt, I have a de gen er at ing car ti lage to my left knee and Dr (Anyl) Gopeesingh has been do ing a lot of ther a py and sup port with the team but it flared up re al bad to day.
"But I am cer tain many ath letes have in juries, it is part of the life so I will suck it up, get the re quired med ica tion and get ready for Tues day. I may be hob bling around for the night and while it is nerve-rack ing a lit tle to reach the fi nal, I am not go ing to let any thing stop me from get ting a medal, I am up to the chal lenge."
Ahead of the fi nal, the young man, who, over the last two years has come of age in stature and ma tu ri ty, added, "My aim is to cause an up set and get a medal. While I do not think about time, if I can get close to my per son al best (19.97) or be low it will be good."
On the lane as sign ments, Greaux re marked: "I would love to get any draw but the out side or in side where I can com pete with any one. But what ev er hap pens I am in to the fi nals and I am not about mak ing ex cus es, what ev er the good Lord brings I will gra cious ly ac cept. I came here to do that and this is what all the work is about."
Af ter learn ing that Richards nar row ly missed out on reach ing the fi nal, a dis con so late Greaux said: "That is not good to find out as I want ed my coun try man Jereem to be there with me but now I know it rests on me in the fi nal, I plan to go out there and give it my all to mor row (Tues day)."
Greaux will race from lane eight in the fi nal against a tough field which in cludes USA's Noah Lyles in lane five, Great Britain's Adam Gemili (lane six), De Grasse (lane sev en) and de fend ing Turk ish cham pi on Ranil Guliyev in lane nine.
Mean while, Richards has every right to feel ag griev ed of not ad vanc ing to the medal race.
"I am just to tal ly dis ap point ed. I do not know what to say, I came here feel ing well and thought my start was good to day," Richards said.
Re call ing the race, a vis i bly up set Richards added, "But I do not know what hap pened, try as I could, I could not catch up to the guy in third, it felt as if I would do it but it just did not hap pen. I came off the bend good and my ac cel er a tion was good.
"This is my bread and but ter and af ter the sea son I have had this was my goal to reach the fi nals again, it has been tough men tal ly and phys i cal ly this year."
Though dis ap point ed, Richards re mains fo cused on his goals and learn ing from all ex pe ri ences - good and bad.
"I have to thank God I got this far and in the end, it ap pears it just did not go as ex pect ed and want ed but praise be to Him."
Be fore the re sults were con firmed, Richards was hope ful, say ing, "Now I have to hope for the scraps (to be among the two fastest losers) and that is not where I want ed to be. The 4x400m re lay was al ways ex tra-bonus but this is my event so I am just not pleased with how it fin ished."
Ear li er on Mon day, there were mixed re sults for T&T's two women sprint ers in the 200m.
First, Ka maria Du rant was sec ond in heat one in a time of 23.08, which placed her in 21st po si tion over all go ing in to to day's semi fi nals. Mauri cia Pri eto could on ly fin ish sixth in the sec ond heat in a time of 23.33 for 31st over all to bow out in the first round.
Al so on Tues day, lead ing T&T quar ter-mil er Machel Ce de nio will be first on the track in the men's 400m heat one run ning out of lane three at 9.35 am (TT time). He will line-up against the likes of Ja maica's Akeem Bloom field and Great Britain's Matthew Hud son-Smith.
Next will be Du rant in semi fi nal two of the women's 200m semi fi nal from lane five at 2.51 pm (TT time), with favourite Di na Ash er-Smith of Great Britain, who was sec ond in the 100m and USA's Dez erea Bryant al so en gaged in the con test.
?Kyle Greaux, of Trinidad And Tobago, left, Andre De Grasse, of Canada and Zharnel Hughes Great Britain, compete in a men's 200 meter semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Monday. © AP
Trinidad & Tobago's Jereem Richards, Canada's Aaron Brown, Great Britain's Adam Gemili and Turkey's Ramil Guliyev race down the straight in the men's 200 metres semifinals during the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Monday. Gemili won the race in 20.03 seconds. © AP