Jamaica's Kerron Stewart winning the women's 100 metres ahead of the United
States' Carmelita Jeter, at the IAAF Golden Gala in Rome's Olympic Stadium in
August, 2009. Both athletes, along with Jamaica's Sherone Simpson, willl be
involved in a 100m showdown at Saturday's JN Jamaica International Invitational
track meet at the National Stadium. - AP
Stewart relishing Jeter, Simpson showdown
Thursday | May 5, 2011
Last year's 100m showdown between Olympic and World silver medallist Kerron Stewart and American Carmelita Jeter was one of the highlights of the JN Jamaica International Invitational track meet at the National Stadium.
With the two set to lock horns again at this Saturday's eighth renewal of the recently upgraded meet - which now forms part of the IAAF World Challenge Series - Stewart is relishing the clash and is keen to get a peek on the preparation of one of her major rivals.
The highly anticipated race is also expected to feature 2008 Olympic co-silver medallist Sherone Simpson, Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-Ann Baptiste and American Marshervet Myers.
Jeter, the second-fastest woman in history, with a personal best of 10.64 seconds, led from start to finish at last year's meet, but had to hold off a late rally from Stewart.
However, the Jamaican is looking to turn the tables this time around, as she gears up for her first 100m showing of the season.
"It's always good to compete with your rivals early in the season," said Stewart yesterday, minutes after her final training session in Atlanta, United States, before departing for Jamaica. "This will also give me an opportunity to see where I am in my own preparation, and no matter what happens on Saturday I cannot control what nobody else does, I can only control what I do and work on myself always improving."
Stewart added: "It's always fun when I get to compete in front of my home crowd because they don't get to see us in person a lot, so I always look forward to coming home and competing."
While not willing to speak publicly on her target in terms of the time she is hoping to run on Saturday, Stewart promised to give it her best shot and is expecting feisty competition.
"I'm not putting any time outthere, I'm just going out there to compete and have fun. It's still early and as you know it's my first 100m of the year, so I just want to get through that with the best result," said Stewart. "I am going out there to compete, I always try to compete as best as I possibly can. I'm going to be at home, but I know it will not be an easy race, but I am really expecting it to be a good and close race.
"The fans can always expect me to give them 100 per cent, no doubt about that. I compete with my heart and I know that God will do the rest," Stewart noted.
Stewart, who also has a 200m bronze medal from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, reported that things have been going well in training and noted that her coach, Henry Rolle, and herself have been working on sorting out the kinks with her notoriously poor start.
"I'm working on every aspect of my race. I try to do better at the start, I won't place all my emphasis there, but I do know that I have to improve in that area. Also, I cannot just run 40m or 50m, I have to run a good, full 100m and the start is critical. But so is the end," she reasoned.
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