NEW national sprint champion Mario Burke says training under the guidance of legendary American sprinter Carl Lewis is already reaping rich rewards.
The 20-year-old Burke came of age on Saturday night when he upstaged senior athletes to win the men’s 100 metres final in a career-best 10.17 seconds at the National Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.
In the process, Burke, a former CARIFTA Games sprint double gold medallist, qualified for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, despite easing up just before the finish line while celebrating his victory.
“I am extremely happy but a little disappointed that I didn’t run through the line because I believe I would’ve gotten the World Championship standard (10.12 seconds) but nonetheless, I’m now national champion so I feel good about it,” he told NATIONSPORT after the race. (EZS)
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