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Smith ready to get up and running in Jamaica

Chayce Smith is anxious to see how the local contingent fare against the world's best at the 35th edition of the Gibson Relays to be held in Jamaica this weekend.

The Bermuda Track and Field Association (BTFA) are sending Shaquille Dill, Juma Mouchette, Darico Clarke and Smith to the event, and it is the first time the Island has competed at the Relays. While they are there, the team will compete in the mile event, as well as the 4X800 metre relay.

The meet was due to be staged February 26th, however, the track was not ready due to bad weather in Europe causing delays in the delivery of the material needed to carry out the repairs.

Regardless of the delay in the competition, Smith is keen to get started.

“I'm looking forward to competing at Gibson Relay. It's a wonderful opportunity,” said Smith. “After all, I hear Usain Bolt might be opening up his season there, but as far as my expectations go, I will be running to win.

“I can't say it will be easy because there are others planning to do the same. As a team I feel we will represent our country well.

“We have some very talented young men like Shaquille, Darico, and Juma. Shaquille is in good form along with Darico so it will be interesting to see how we all get along.”

Smith doesn't believe the team are under too much pressure to do well, but with Jamaica paying Bermuda's way, he wants the team to make a good impression.

“I don't think we're under pressure to perform really,” said Smith, “it's the first time (we've competed), so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

“However if we want to be invited back we must do well. Jamaica is funding our expenses. So there is a little bit of pressure, but that all comes with sports.”

Approximately 4,000 athletes from 298 teams are expected to compete at the 35th staging of the Relays on the new track inside the National Stadium on Saturday.

The foursome will be accompanied by manager Wayne Bean, and BTFA president Donna Watson is confident that they will do well.

“I am sure that all four of these athletes will do very well,” Watson said. “Based on their performances so far this season we will definitely have a spot on the podium and possibly the top spot.

“The times that all of them ran in the Front Street mile are competitive with the winning time in this event last year.”

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Published March 09, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 09, 2011 at 9:37 am)

Smith ready to get up and running in Jamaica

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