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Strachan looking for breakthrough performance

DAEGU, South Korea – The youngest member on Team Bahamas here in Daegu, South Korea, can’t wait to actually step on the track and get going.

Anthonique Strachan, who celebrated her 18th birthday during these 13th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Outdoor Championships, is trying to stay calm during the waiting period to compete. She doesn’t seem fazed by her first World Championships at all.

“I feel really good being able to compete in my first World Champs due to the fact that I’m still a junior athlete competing against some of the elite athletes and the best in the world,” she said. “Right now, I’m chasing the world junior record of 22.18 seconds which is held by Allyson Felix. It’s a hard time to push for but I’m aiming for it and I think that it’s something that is attainable.”

Not only would that 22.18 be a new world junior record but it will also be a new senior national record, erasing Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie’s 22.19 seconds mark, if achieved.

Strachan will line up in the Women’s 200 meters (m) with Ferguson-McKenzie and former World Youth bronze medalist in the event Nivea Smith when the heats finally get underway, on Thursday.

All three women went below the ‘A’ qualifying standard for the Daegu World Championships.

Strachan, who holds the world junior leading time in the event, is the rookie of the team but has the fastest time among Bahamians in the 200m this year. She lowered her personal best on five occasions this year, running a new personal best time of 22.70 seconds to win the gold medal at Pan Am Junior Championships in Miramar, Florida. Ferguson-McKenzie is next on the list for Bahamians with a season’s best time of 22.76 seconds.

As for Strachan, she was also contemplating competing in the 100m at these Daegu World Championships, but decided to skip that event and focus solely on the 200m.

“Mentally or physically, I’m not ready in the 100 right now so I just decided to stick to my strongest event,” she said.  “At first, I’m just expecting to make it to the semis. Once I get there, then I will look at the final and going after a medal, or at least do a PR (personal best) to show that I made some type of improvement,” she added.

Strachan is expected to be a key factor in the relay which will get underway on Thursday morning here in Daegu.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the relay,” said Strachan. “For the first time in the World Championships, the 4x100m relay is the closing race so that puts the focus more on us and I’m real excited about that. I’m comfortable and at a point now where I’m just ready to perform,” she added.

The heats and semis of the Women’s 200m will be held Thursday here in Daegu, and the final will be contested on Friday. The heats and final of the Women’s 4x100m relay will be held on Sunday.

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