Jereem Richards learning life at the deep end of pro athletics

By May 14, 2018
Jereem Richards said with professional athletics you have to be on your 'A' game every day. Jereem Richards said with professional athletics you have to be on your 'A' game every day.

2018 Commonwealth Games 200-metre champion Jereem Richards is quickly learning the difference between collegiate and professional athletics.

The 24-year-old Trinidadian, who won the gold medal in dramatic circumstances on the Australian Gold Coast in August, revealed to SportsMax.TV that it has been a bit of a challenging adjusting to the world of professional athletics.

“What was different for me in terms of competing on the Diamond League circuit versus in the NCAA is that you have to be prepared to run every race like a final without having the luxury of preliminary rounds. You always have you be on your A-game,” Richards said Monday, days before he competes at the Adidas Boost Boston Games set for May 19 and 20.

“I would say that the mental adjustment was the toughest thing for me, taking your mind off from being a college athlete where your help your school out to representing your supporter and country each time you step on the track.”

Richards made his Diamond League debut on May 4, when he finished second in a season’s best 19.99s in Doha.  He will be hoping for a similar or even better performance in Boston.

Meanwhile, it has not been all about competition for the affable Trinidadian. There have been some inspiring moments as well. As a professional, he gets to rub shoulders with some of the world’s best athletes but there is one who will remain special.

“Wayde (van Niekerk) is a very humble athlete and meeting him was a great experience and motivation for me,” Richards revealed about the 400m world record holder whom he met in London last year. He was also at Richards’ Diamond League debut in Doha.

 “And he told me good luck,” Richards said.

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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