"A lot more in the tank", says Bloomfield after personal best 19.81 200m

By July 22, 2018

Following his scorching run over the 200m that produced a personal best of 19.81s on day two of the London Diamond League meeting, Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield believes there is a lot more where that came from as he brought an end to his season on Sunday.

Bloomfield, who was running only his third race as a professional, pulled away from a quality field to become the fourth fastest man in the world over the distance this year. Only Noah Lyles of the USA (19.65), Clarence Munyai of South Africa (19.69) and Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas (19.75) have gone faster in 2018.

But according to 20-year-old Jamaican, he won’t be fourth fastest for long.

“To go that fast is an amazing feeling and there is more in the tank,” he told Sportsmax.tv after his race on Sunday.

“With a little more strength work, a little more speed work, (and) some small technical stuff, I think there is a lot more in the tank. A lot of fast times are ahead.”

Running in lane eight, Bloomfield was among the leaders at the top of the home stretch but with about 50m to run, he pulled away from the field to win comfortably ahead of Panama’s Alonso Edwards 20.01s and Ecuador’s Alex Quinonez 20.13.

“It was a very good race. I felt like I executed well. I got a pretty good start compared to what I got in Luzern (where he ran 20.00) and I just kept form, followed through with the race and got the time,” he said.

”19.81 for me is amazing. To be the fourth fastest man in the world this year, I didn’t see this happening but I was patient, my coach was patient, and we just kept putting in the work, fixed the little errors we made in Luzern in this meet and the time, 19.81, is as a result of those fixed errors.

“Right now I am just happy. I am celebrating the moment. Thanks be to God.”

Leighton Levy

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