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Getting back to my best - Nigel Ellis

Published:Tuesday | June 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican sprinter Nigel Ellis said he is now very highly motivated after winning the men's 200m in a personal best time at the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium last Saturday.

Ellis, running out of lane seven, won the event in a time of 20.36 seconds in a negative 2.0 mps wind speed.

The former St Elizabeth Technical sprint star turned back the challenge of the American Bryce Robinson, who was second in 20.38, while third went to Miguel Francis of Great Britain in 20.59.

Ellis, who has been battling a hamstring and ankle injuries over the past year, told The Gleaner that Saturday's victory has given him a lot of confidence.

"I am feeling excited knowing that I have been out of training for a long time [and won the race]. So I am really happy with the time," Ellis said.

"I am feeling confident knowing that I am now finding back my old self," he said.

"I am highly motivated now knowing that I got a PB (personal best), so I am really motivated to push even further for the remainder of the season," Ellis said.

The 20-year-old Ellis, who was bronze medallist in the men's 200m at the World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2016, added that he plans to run much faster in both the 100m and 200m this season.

 

EYEING ON SUB-10 FOR 100M

 

"My expectation for the rest of the season is to go sub-10 in the 100m and sub-20 in the 200m this season," said Ellis, whose personal best in the 100m is 10.16.

"There are only two ways to achieve this and this is to stay disciplined and continue to put in the work in training, and that is what I am planning to do this season," he said.

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