Kemar reflects on 2015

Wednesday 7th October 2015

2015 was a year filled with highs and lows. My approach to the competitive season was the same as previous years. I completed a good background training with my group in Kingston which I was happy with.

The good training was confirmed with an early season high; running the first of two PB’s in the season. When competing in front of a home crowd, I ran 200m in 20.66 at the GC FOSTER Classic meeting in mid-March.

After that I put a string of solid races together in preparation for our National Champs, which doubled up as our trials for the World Championships in Beijing in August. This is where it all had to come together, I needed a top 3 position to qualify for an individual spot in the prestigious 100m event, and that is exactly what I did! I finished third in a season’s best of 9.97, behind Asafa Powell and Nickel Ashmeade.

Immediately after trials I traveled to RACERS European base in London and began racing the European circuit and fine tuning the training. The hard work was already put in at this stage. The key now was to stay healthy and stay in top condition. I raced in Switzerland over 100m in 10.10 and 10 days later I ran a heat and final in the London Diamond League meeting in the 2012 Olympic Stadium. London DL was a day full of emotions; in the heat I felt great I won in 10.02, then one hour later we had the final. I should mention that the weather was cold and wet, which are not ideal sprinting conditions. And so it was, I ran the final; my start was off, the guys had half a stride on me after 10m, I had some work to do. I concentrated on my phases and worked very hard from 70-90m, I was right on the leaders and starting to go past them. Unfortunately, that’s when I felt my two hamstring cramp up. I was delighted with my new 100m PB 9.92, but worried about my hamstrings. I knew I didn’t tear or rupture the muscle in the race, but I also knew something wasn’t quite right with it. I immediately had the physio look at it and wrap and ice it.

While still at my London base I had to keep on top of my troubled hamstring. Training had to be smart, treatment had to be smart and mentally I had to stay In the game.

The devastating news was, even with all the precautionary measures I took to protect my hamstrings, the inevitable occurred. When in Japan at the Jamaica Team holding camp, I was doing some stride outs, and I felt a pull…that’s when I knew my season was over… one week before the World Championships. I cried knowing that all the work I had put in over the months had ended this way.

Knowing how determine I am, I’m trying very hard to block out this season and start focusing on coming back for RIO 2016 in Brazil.


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