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Griffith trying to stay upbeat

DAEGU, South Korea – The only Bahamian male sprinter here in Daegu, South Korea, didn’t even get to participate in these 13th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Outdoor Championships, but that isn’t stopping him from getting in some work while he’s here.

Adrian Griffith false started in the first round of the Men’s 100 meters (m) and never got to show the world what he was capable of doing. He was so distraught that he opted not to speak to reporters afterwards. Now that he had some time to gather himself and his thoughts, Griffith said that it was a difficult pill to swallow but he’s prepared to move on.

“I was very disappointed and a bit surprised,” he said. “It was kind of unfortunate that it happened to me, but looking back, it happened to quite a few people including Usain Bolt. There’s nothing I can do about it now – just keep my head up and keep moving forward,” he added.

Bolt, track and field’s biggest superstar, followed suit as he false started in the 100m final on Sunday night. The Jamaican triple world record holder was visibly distraught as he was left without the opportunity to defend his World sprint title. Great Britain’s Dwain Chambers and Christine Ohuruogu suffered the same fate in their respective races.

As for his race, Griffith said it was actually the guy on the side of him who moved first and he just reacted to that.

“After reviewing the video, I saw that it was really close. I definitely feel as if the rule should go back to the way it was when the first false start was charged to the field and then move on from there. I think after something like this, they definitely should review the rule. A lot of runners false started so that shows that they definitely need to do something.

“In my race, the guy on the side of me, in lane four, actually twitched a bit. I heard the gun and I reacted. The official was standing in the next guy’s lane and then he came to my lane, and that’s why I was so shocked. I saw from the video where I moved but they didn’t catch the fact that the guy on the side of me moved first.”

Griffith said that the blocks are very sensitive here in Daegu when compared to other blocks that he has settled in so far in his career. He’s already put it behind him though, and is prepared to move on. As a matter of fact, he’s already begun training for the Pan Am Games. Up to yesterday, he was still at the Athletes Village working out on the warm-up facility there.

“Well, I still have to continue training and doing what I need to do to get ready for the Pan Ams. I’m definitely motivated,” he said.  “I still have a lot of running left in me and I want to come back and make a statement. My expectations are very high. I want to run a sub-10 second race and I know I could do it. Through God, and with the right coaching I’ll do anything,” he added.

The 16th Pan Am Games are set for October 14-30, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The team is yet to be named but Griffith feels assured that he will be there representing The Bahamas.

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