Jamaica Gleaner / Martin Manley, the 2013 400m World Youth Champion, has just one real target for the 2017 season. He simply wants to stay healthy after a few years in which injuries put him off-track. Now, after a promising run at last month’s Gibson McCook Relays, the University of the West Indies (UWI) student-athlete is feeling good.
A week after a brave and strong-looking 46.0 seconds 4x400m leg for UWI at the Gibson McCook Relays, Manley reported, “The run last week was to get a little cobwebs off from over the years, so I’m feeling great at the moment.”
Since then, the 2014 Youth Olympic gold medallist tuned his speed with a 100m run of 10.56 seconds at the UWI Sports Day on March 9.
FOUGHT INJURIES Manley, who turned 20 on the following day, fought injuries during his last year at St Jago High School and his first at UWI. In an interview at the recent Carifta Trials, he said, “I’m just trying to finish healthy; just want to finish a season feeling healthy again, like in high school days, so I’m not really putting any expectations or anything, but my main objective is to just to finish healthy.”
The injuries left him without consistent training and so now he and coach Bert Cameron are working on the technical aspects of his running. “It’s been a while since I’ve running like this, so I’m a bit rusty when it comes to techniques and the final 100,” he outlined, “so I’m just trying to sort it out in training, but it is coming on little by little. It’s baby steps.”
Manley, who ran his personal best of 45.89 seconds to win the 2013 World Youth gold, expects to be in action for UWI at the Inter-Collegiate Championships at the National Stadium from April 7 to 8. “I’ll be at Intercol if I’m fit and Mr Cameron sees it possible to run there,” he advised, “but in my mind so far, I think I should be running.”