'I've been homesick' - Norfolk star Grant never forgot Jamaica, sets sights on claiming Olympics spot

By Ricardo Chambers and Donald Oliver April 26, 2021

 

 

Promising young sprinter, Kiara Grant, insists she has every intention of returning to the island to compete for a spot on this summer’s Olympic team, despite a lengthy absence from its shores.

The former Jamaican U-20 100m record holder has spent the last few years at Norfolk State University, in the United States, where she has established herself as a top-rated prospect.  During that time, however, Grant has not attempted to compete for a spot on any Jamaica junior or senior teams, despite having the talent to secure a spot.  She admits that a combination of injury and focus on her academic studies has made it difficult to return for the country’s national trials.

With her academic program now coming to an end, however, and on the back of an indoor season where she recorded her fastest ever time (7.11), the athlete is hoping to make waves on her return.

“My aim this year is to get good times outdoors and I will definitely be coming down for the Olympic trials,” Grant told SportsMax.tv’s The Commentators Podcast.

“That’s my main goal for this year,” she added.

The 20-year-old Grant opened her outdoor season with 11.29 for second place in the 100m and 23.25 to win the 200m at the Gamecock Invitational at Gregger Park two weeks ago.

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