Late surge sees Dill grab silver

Shaquille Dill came from behind to win a silver medal in yesterday’s Under-20 Boys 800 metres final at the Carifta Games in a fast and frantic race.

Dill, who claimed silvers in the past two Games, made a late run down the final straight which saw him snatch second for a third successive time.

Along with middle distance runners Taylor-Ashley Bean, Kyrah Scraders, and triple jumper Justin Donawa, Dill had been backed by Bermuda Track and Field Association president Donna Watson to produce on the big stage.

The 800 metres specialist didn’t disappoint, claiming Bermuda’s third medal of the Games in front of a racaus home crowd.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Mark London won the event in a time of one minute, 55.61 seconds, while Dill was hot on his heels, finishing in 1.55.65.

Andre Colebrooke of Bahamas rounded out the top three in a time of 1:56.66.

Admitting he didn’t have a concrete game plan heading into the race and doubted whether he would play a significant role in the finish of the race, Dill was thrilled with his sterling performance.

“I really doubted myself before the race I haven’t really been training consistently in the build-up to the Games, so I was really wasn’t sure if I was going to medal this year or not,” said Dill, who is coached by Gerry Swan.

“In the heat of the moment you have to decide what is the best plan for you to remain competitive and it was to go out earlier and get clear of the pack from the gun.

“I realised that I could come in top three or even won the race midway through the event, and went on to try and get a good finish and was close to winning the event.”

Dill got out of the blocks quickly and positioned himself at the front of the pack heading into the first 200 metres, setting a very fast pace.

It appeared that the injury that kept him out of his training regime early in the track season had taken its toll as he fell off the pace slightly heading past the main stand on the first lap.

But he picked up his speed when the bell rang for the final lap, surging round the final bend and towards home, moving to the outside lane to overtake a handful of competitors and set his sights squarely on London.

The late effort to catch his Caribbean rival fell just short, however, with the pair being separated by four hundredths of a second.

“It wasn’t part of my plan to go out fast but things like that happen when you are racing against top athletes in a competition like this,” he said.

“I just gave it my all in the final metres and if I would have a few extra steps I would have caught him, so it’s like that sometimes, you think to yourself if I would have made my move a bit earlier I would have gotten him or maybe a few extra metres.

“In the end I’m pleased with the time and finish, the fans were great and in the end I’m pleased to make my country proud.”

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Published Apr 9, 2012 at 8:26 am (Updated Apr 9, 2012 at 8:25 am)

Late surge sees Dill grab silver

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