NATIONAL consultant within the discus, Traves Smikle is slowly working his method again to peak stage, at the same time as he nurses a long-term harm that has saved him out of competitors for a while.
Certainly one of solely three males within the occasion on the Jamaica Olympic Affiliation/Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation Olympic Future Collection on Saturday, Smikle got here away with the win with a distance of 61.99m, sufficient to earn him the prize cash of $100,000 for the premium occasion which had a minimal commonplace of 60m.
Smikle remains to be battling a groin harm however is studying to handle the state of affairs as he competes with the Olympic Trials in thoughts.
“I’m okay with the efficiency, contemplating the state of affairs, and I threw 61.99m however accidents. Some accidents won’t go away so simply so, it’s a must to discover a method to handle it…and that is what I’m attempting to do.”
He’s hoping to construct on the efficiency within the weeks forward.
“To come back out right here and get a shake-out and throw 61.99m, I am okay with it. I am simply going to construct from right here. Athletes want competitors.”
Smikle is neither anticipating nor asking for favours as he copes together with his present state of affairs.
“You simply should get on with it. All people have points and I’m not particular, in any case, with my points. What I’ve to do is be good about how I handle and enhance my efficiency,” he stated.
The left-handed thrower admits to feeling pissed off at instances however with the Olympic dream nonetheless in his coronary heart, he refuses to make any excuses as he stays laser-focused on his goal.
“Sure, it is a bit irritating however on the finish of the day, if I actually need to go to the Olympics and medal and if I actually need to get good marks I’ve to discover a method – so no complaints and no excuses,” he acknowledged.
Whereas proud of the monetary reward that comes with the win, Smikle revealed that he was unaware of the prizes on provide on the sequence till just some days earlier than the occasion.
“I did not even know there have been incentives up till a few day or two in the past and in evaluating what is occurring, I believe it is a good transfer.”
The College of the West Indies scholar believes that the sequence can have a large influence on native observe and discipline.
“I believe it is actually good; I believe it’s going to spur the athletes to enhance of their performances. And for many who, for instance, do not have a sponsorship, now with the monetary features it is a good alternative for them to return out and attempt to hit the marks and make some cash.”
Smikle is amongst an elite group of 4 or 5 throwers in rivalry to make the Jamaica crew to the Olympic Video games.