The Commentators: Odean Skeen still has designs on beating the world

By Ricardo Chambers & Donald Oliver August 12, 2020

Jamaica’s first-ever Youth Olympic Games champion Odean Skeen believes he still has what it takes to be one of the best sprinters in the world.

Skeen, the 15th Jamaican to break 10 seconds over 100 metres has a personal best of 9.98 seconds, set in 2017.

He was among the favourites to make the Jamaica team for the IAAF World Championships in London that year but pulled up with a hamstring injury in his semi-final at the National Stadium in Kingston.

The 25-year-old, who has struggled with injuries since high school, says that was an especially difficult moment for him to handle.

“That moment of time I feel like to give up,” he explained to Ricardo Chambers and Donald Oliver on The Commentators Podcast.

“I could actually win Jamaica trials or even come second,” said the confident former Wolmer’s star athlete.

The 2012 IAAF World Under-20 bronze medalist also revealed that his confidence level fell dramatically following the incident.

He has since done surgery and gone through several coaching changes but now says he has found a home in Texas with Baylor University’s Associate Men’s Coach Michael Ford.

He admitted that Ford has played a significant role in his confidence returning and while he has had doubts in the past, he is now extremely confident he can make a strong statement in 2021 including at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. 

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