By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Long Jumper Chantel Malone and Shot Putter Eldred Henry, wrapped up BVI athletes 2019 track and field season with a non-advancing marks in the qualifying rounds of the 17th IAAF World Championships, held in Doha, Qatar.
In her fifth World Championships since debuting in 2011 in Daegu, South Korea, Malone was seeking to advance to her second successive final after finishing seventh in London in 2017, bout could only muster a best effort of 6.45m, after fouling the first, then had a cautious 6.21 on the second before her 6.45 best effort. The top 12 marks of 6.75m or better advanced, with 6.53 among the top 12.
Malone said that she was in the best shape of her life and eyed an easy qualifier.
“My run ups were great, practice run throughs were on target, my first one I went after it—it was a foul, so that doesn’t count,” she noted. “Then subconsciously, you start checking. You shouldn’t really change your mindset and in my mind, I thought I was doing the same thing, but subconsciously, you want to play it safe, because you only had three jumps. I definitely checked myself and held back, way more than I should have and that put me in a bad position.”
The challenge with field events, is consistency and getting the body in the right position when it needs to be—something every field event athlete grapple with. Malone, like Shot Putter Eldred Henry will, spend the off season working on honing their craft. She said she’s going to focus on the jumps, the runways and whatever she needs to hit.
“I’m coming for everything. Simple. I don’t like to lose and I don’t like to not to perform in the way that I know I’m capable of performing.,” she said, noting that not repeating her 2017 feat as a finalist, was ‘a hard blow.’ “But, I always bounce back. That’s something I always pride myself on—being resilient. I’m gonna go back, train like I’ve never trained before; work hard and I’m gonna come back hard and I know Tokyo 2020 is going to be something special for me.”
Like Malone, Henry who competed on Thursday with a best of 20.13m non qualifying mark in the Shot Put, had his best season ever. The Pan Am Games was the only meet he did not surpass 20.00m all season, after an injury affected his training, following his 21.47m personal best.
“Fouled my best throw in the second round, simple mistake—off balanced,” he said. “It wasn’t the way I wanted to make my first World Championships appearance but just gotta learn a lesson and move on.”
Henry who was without a coach in the competition, noted that there are lots of factors that comes into play.
“Overthinking stuff sometimes cause that,” he stated. “At the end of the day, it’s one step at a time, one day at a time. Henry, will join Malone and Kyron McMaster at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Henry and Malone will join Kyron McMaster and Ashley Kelly in a Saturday clinic, along with Tahesia Harrigan-Scott at the Multipurpose Sports Complex, 9 a.m.—1:00 p.m.