Nathan Hood/ File M Bascombe

Nathan Hood/ File M Bascombe

by Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, January 09, 2016 – Grenada has had contrasting results in middle and long distance races at the CARIFTA Games, with the most memorable performance of the 1980s.

It was one of the longest standing records at the junior track and field championships when Maurice “Bull” Williams set the 5000 metres record at 14 minutes 58.23 seconds in the Bahamas in 1981. It took 27 years of attempts to better that mark when Jamaican Kemoy Campbell clocked 14:46.51 in Basseterre, St Kitts in 2008. Campbell lowered the record in 2009 and 2010.

The two-lap event has been very elusive for Grenadians at the CARIFTA Games but one competitor is hoping to change that ‘drought’ in medals.

Nathan Hood has set himself some targets for 2016 and believes they are achievable once conditions are right. He is attempting competitions in the 400 and 800 metres at the CARIFTA Games in St George’s, March 26-28. His only fear is the pressure to win a medal in front of cheering home fans.

“It will feel good competing in front of my home crow although it may have a slight pressure on me to medal at the games,” he told GrenadaSports.

“My coach and I have been working on general preparation for the past four months, mainly on strength, endurance and technique. In 2016, I’ll be focusing on the 400 and 800m with my targets at 47 seconds and 1:51 respectively.”

It’s a challenge for the lanky runner of Beacon Southern Pros whose personal best in the 800m stands at 1:57 at the CARIFTA Games in Basseterre, St Kitts last year. His greatest challenges will be remaining focus and healthy in his first year of competition in the Under-20 category.

“I haven’t had any set backs and I’m hoping to stay healthy and injury free for the rest of the season  so I can go out and represent my country to the best of my ability,” said Hood, who turns 18 next month.

Hood, a graduate of the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School (GBSS), trains six days a week under the guidance of Conrad Francis. He is also preparing to sit the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) College Admission Exam later this month.

“Nathan is a hard working, committed and dedicated athlete,” said Francis. “He has tremendous ability and can be a force to reckon with in the future.”

Hood is among a group of pre-selected athletes who have been in training since early 2015 in preparation for the CARIFTA Games in Grenada.

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