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Demish Gaye on the fast track in 400m – SprinTec Track Club
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Demish Gaye on the fast track in 400m

Demish Gaye

211069_Barely three years into his track and field career, Demish Gaye of GC Foster College is on the verge of representing his country at the highest level of sport, at the Olympic Games.

The 23-year-old perfectly epitomises the phrase from “nowhere to somewhere”, and in just three short years his coach, Maurice Wilson, believes he will make his presence felt at Jamaica National Senior Championships.

“I just hope for him to make the team. He has the potential to go to the top. Undoubtedly he can become one of Jamaica’s better quarter-milers. But for this season I just want him to make the team,” Wilson told the Jamaica Observer.

Gaye, who has a personal best of 45.30 seconds for the 400m, is the third-fastest Jamaican this season behind Javon Francis (44.77) and overseas-based Fitzroy Dunkley (45.05).

 

Gaye, who is the 32nd fastest in the world this year, is currently ahead of national record holder Rusheen McDonald, national junior record holder Akeem Bloomfield, and 16-year-old prodigy Christopher Taylor in terms of times.

The Manchester native has also registered morale-boosting victories over Jamaica representatives Javere Bell, Ricardo Chambers and Riker Hylton this season.

Gaye, who ended 2015 with a best time of 46.15 seconds, has improved leaps and bounds and has taken off a huge .85 seconds off his personal best this year.

In April, he clocked a championship record of 45.57 seconds to win the men’s 400-metre final at the NCB-sponsored Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium, lowering the previous record of 45.93 seconds set in 2014 by national record holder Rusheen McDonald.

“Actually, he started running very late. Never ran at Boys’ and Girls’ Champs, attended Bellefield High School and never really represented his school at any level in track and field,” said Wilson.

“He went to Knox (Community College) and represented them at Intercol, and then he came to GC (Foster). So 2013 is the first time that he ran,” Wilson revealed.

“I started with him September 2015 and he ran fairly well, but you know in Jamaica, we don’t recognise anybody unless they are world class, so he would have slipped through the radar,” he added.

“But I saw that he had a lot of potential, so we continued the work and this is the result of the hard work. He hasn’t run in about three weeks because he got a touch of the ZIKV so he has been out,” said Wilson.

According to Wilson, Gaye’s pet event was the 200m, but he has managed to convince him to concentrate on the 400m and the decision seems to be the right one.

“Anybody who runs 200m for me, if I can convince you, you will end up running the quarter. It took a lot,” said Wilson.

Wilson, who is the head honcho of the GC Foster-based SprinTec Track Club, was the man responsible for the dominance of Holmwood Technical High School at the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Championships, winning nine titles.

Wilson believes Gaye has all the attributes and the potential to make his mark in the 400m for Jamaica.

“I have been blessed to have some athletes with a lot of humility. He listens well, he is good at following instructions, he is very disciplined, and at this point in time, the fact that he is not yet a star, he is the best person any coach could work with.

“But, for example, if at the end of the summer he becomes a star, I don’t know if these things will change,” Wilson explained.

 

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