YOG bronze medalist Ackera Nugent regrets not running faster in heats

By October 15, 2018
Nugent (right) regrets not running faster in the heats Nugent (right) regrets not running faster in the heats

Though grateful, Jamaica’s Ackera Nugent said she regretted not running just a bit faster during Stage 1 of the 100m hurdles at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics now on in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

During the final on Sunday, the N16-year-old Nugent ran a lifetime best 12.96s to finish second behind the USA’s  Grace Stark, who crossed the line first in 12.83s. However, according to the rules governing the competition, medals are awarded based on the average  of the times the athletes recorded during in Stage 1 (heat) and the final (Stage 2) of the competition.

Nugent won her Stage 1 race in 12.46s. Stark won her Stage 1 race in 13.31s. However, Ausralia’s Sophie White was second in Stark’s race in 13.39s. The Australian’s time in the final of 13.01, saw her move ahead of Nugent by 0.01s and allowed her to claim the silver medal.

“I have a regret based on the first heat because if I had run just a tipsy, little more seconds I would have got the silver,” she said with a smile that temporarily replaced the grimace caused by the pain from a twisted ankle.

Nugent went down immediately after crossing the line and was wheeled off the track and eventually to a nearby hospital where her injury was treated. X-rays revealed she had suffered a sprain.

Still, she expressed satisfaction at having won Jamaica’s first medal at this edition of the Youth Olympics.

“I have to be grateful based on (the fact that) I went out there to get a personal best on a sprained ankle,” she said.

“But it’s all worth it because Jamaica was depending on me and I wasn’t gonna give up halfway just because of my ankle.

When I was around the seventh hurdle my trail leg had a bad landing whereby my ankle turned inside. It’s a bad strain, I was lucky I didn’t have my foot broken, but I’ll be fine.”

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