McLaughlin-Whilby determined to make World Championships team

Despite two injury scares this season that have threatened to spoil the great foundation she set for the season, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby is determined to push forward in her effort to qualify for the Jamaican team to the IAAF World Championships in London in August.

The athlete, who switched from the 200m to the 400m last season and earned an Olympic silver medal on the Jamaican 4x400m relays in Rio, caused some concerns after she collapsed in the home stretch of the 400m at the Jamaica International Invitational in May, she told the Jamaica Observer the issue was tendinitis, “a recurring problem”.

She had suffered the problem at the GC Foster Classic earlier and said: “I am just grateful that I could compete healthy tonight.”

McLaughlin-Whilby was fourth last Saturday in 52.03 seconds, slower than her season’s best 51.63 seconds set in Shanghai, China in early May.

The former Holmwood Technical and University of Technology standout said the injuries have set her back after a good start.

“I am not where I want to be,” she said in relation to preparation for next weekend’s JAAA National Senior Trials.

“I had an awesome background season, but got a cramp at the GCF Classic and then at Jamaica International Invitational again.”

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