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Evans speeds to personal best at indoor meet

Jamaican sprinter Gayon Evans said her 60-metre win at the IAAF Indoor Meeting at Karlsruhe in Germany against a quality field on Saturday, February 4, has boosted her confidence and has her looking forward to even greater performances in the season ahead.

Evans, who turned 27 last month, won the 60-metre dash in a personal best 7.14s, the second fastest time in the world indoors this year.

She bested a field that consisted of Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, the 2016 European 200-metre champion, who set the fastest time in the world (7.13) during the semi-finals.

Also in the line-up were Ezinne Okparebo, Alexandra Burghardt, Rebecca Haase, Jessica Young-Warren, Lekeisha Lawson and Mujinga Kambundji.

Asher-Smith, the pre-race favourite had to settle for second even though at first her rivals had congratulated her for winning immediately following the contest.

However, when the official results came up on the electronic board, it showed that Evans had managed to pip her English rival at the tape to win by the closest of margins.

“I felt ecstatic about the performance. Lining up in a field like that and running with the world leader gave me the chills,” said Evans, who had also set a new personal best of 7.20s in the semi-finals.

“It was so close and when I crossed the line I was looking up at the screen board. When I actually saw that I won and not just the win but shaving my PB for the second time in the day, running the fastest I have ever run over this distance, I was more than overjoyed and happy.”

The performance was also a revelation to the sprinter, who returned to Jamaica two seasons ago to train with Maurice Wilson at the SprinTec Track Club after finishing school at the University of Maryland in the United States.

“This performance has definitely set the standards for what I can achieve and hope to achieve for the remainder of the season,” said Evans, who ran 7.27s outdoors in January.

“Right now I am high on confidence but I must remain focused on the task that I have to do and ensure I maintain a level of consistency and produce even greater. I am at the point where I do not limit what I can achieve as with prayer and my faith in the Lord I will do well.”

Wilson, who was pleased with the run, described Evans as a hard worker, who has used her collegiate experience to good advantage.

“I am happier about how she looked in the race than the actual time, because it gives you great joy when you have been working on certain things and you see some of it being displayed,” he said of Evans whose personal best up to 2016 was 7.32.

“I would want to think that she responds well to the information that has been given to her. She was able to send me a text to tell me what she thought she did wrong, which was the same thing I was looking at. I am extremely happy with her progress and I believe if she can stay injury free, she will be one of those Jamaicans that will make tremendous improvement this year.”

Evans expressed gratitude to her coach of two years for helping her take the step to the next level of performance.

“Mr Wilson has been the driver in what I could achieve this week. When I started SprinTec the transition wasn’t easy but he has been a great coach and motivator,” she said.

“There are times when the training is so rough but he is there to say ‘get up Gayon one more’ and the sacrifices that he has made just to see his athletes to compete at the highest level is motivating enough. You always feel the sense of always wanting to make the people who help you to make strides in life, proud.”

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