Medallists - Damian Warner & Kurt Felix/M Bascombe

Medallists – Damian Warner & Kurt Felix/M Bascombe

by Michael Bascombe/Special for LIME Grenada

NEW YORK, August 17, 2015 – If ever Kurt Felix needs to pack his body with strength, determination and confidence, will be this month when he competes in the Decathlon at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

Felix is one of three Grenadian competitors for the nine-day global track and field championships at the iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium from August 22-30.

The combined event in athletics which consist of 10 track and field events begin on August 28 with the 100 metres, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m. The 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m will conclude the second and final day.

Since winning the decathlon at the NCAA Championships in 2012, Felix has had a rocky campaign with disappointments at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the following year at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

“Knowing how to listen to my body because the following year was more productive and not forcing the issue in Moscow was a good decision,” he told GrenadaSports.

However, he bounced back with successes at two international competitions. Felix won a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last summer and then added a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada last month where he recorded a personal best and national record of 8269 points.

This, he believes, is the momentum and confidence needed to enter competition in Beijing.

“My confidence is much higher going into Beijing. The past two years I’ve managed to grow in some key events and now it’s just a matter of putting everything together and being competitive throughout the 10 events.”

Since his recent podium appearances the public is beginning to gain confidence in his ability to achieve at the highest level of competition.

“It is your time to shine. The patience and continued pursuit is paying off,” wrote Garvin Taylor, a Grenadian physiotherapist who works with Felix while in Grenada.

But Felix doesn’t see the high level of expectation as a demand to deliver.

“I won’t say there is pressure. I think once I give my best effort and compete well, that’s a great reward in itself.”

It will be his first time competing at the Bird’s Nest Stadium and is hoping that the attendance and atmosphere “will be great during competition”.

Felix, along with the rest of the Grenadian contingent – Kirani James and Bralon Taplin – departs for Beijing on Monday.


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