World Athletics U-20 Championships 100m silver medalist Serena Cole admits she still prefers the long jump event despite an outstanding performance in the final on Wednesday.
A fast-finishing Cole powered home to come in behind compatriot and high school teammate Tia Clayton, who stopped the clock in a championship record of 10.95. Cole finished a respectable 11.14 for second spot.
The athlete is, however, also a strong competitor in the long jump event and in fact, claimed the title at the Caribbean’s Carifta Games earlier this year. Despite not competing in the event at the U-20 World Championships due to a scheduling conflict, she has no intention of giving it up.
“It (Long Jump) was going to be right in the time of the 100m so my coach said I shouldn’t do it this year,” Cole explained.
“Last year I was supposed to be in the 100m but had some difficulties in my season, so I didn’t get a chance, but I came out and did my best this year and I am so proud of my performance,” she added.
Heading back to high school in September, however, the athlete will return to her preferred long jump event with a view to balancing it with the sprints.
“Right now, my pet event is the long jump. I really prefer the long jump to the 100m. Going back to training, I know coach Jeremy will have a lot of programs for me to do with the long jump and the same with coach Dyke. So, I just have to put everything into the programs and train really hard.”
Cole has a personal best of 6.36m in the long jump.
Source — Sportsmaxtv.com
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