Kwakye critical of her below-par run
GREAT BRITAIN international Jeanette Kwakye is determined to get back to her prime best as she pushes for a place at the London 2012 Olympics.
The Woodford Green with Essex Ladies athlete returned to the big international stage with a below-par second place finish in the women’s 60-metre event at the Aviva International Match in Glasgow last Saturday.
The former world indoor silver medallist clocked 7.40 seconds – 0.09 seconds behind race winner Alexandria Anderson from the USA, followed by Germany’s Leena Gunther (7.46), Lena Berntsson of Sweden (7.57) and Kwakye’s compatriot Tiffany Ofili (7.63).
But the 2008 Olympic finalist, who recently returned to competitive action after a series of injury lay-offs, was highly critical of her performance at the historic Kelvin Hall venue.
“I wasn’t too happy with that,” she said.
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“It wasn’t the kind of standard that I want to compete at. If I want to race at the Olympics, I want to make sure I am in the best kind of form.
“We’re hurtling towards an Olympic year next year so I’ve got to get back on track.”
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Kwakye currently heads the women’s UK indoor 60m sprint standards after her 7.28 performance two weeks ago at the South of England Championships in Lee Valley.
The 27-year-old is glad to be back in competition and is hoping to make steady improvements throughout the season.
“It’s nice to be back in the fold and back in the team, but I wanted a better performance than that,” she said.
“It was hard coming back from injury and that wasn’t great, but the main thing is I’m on my way back.”
Also in the 2014 Commonwealth Games host city, Kwayke’s club-mate Joice Maduaka finished second in 24.17, behind winner Cathleen Tschirch of Germany, in the women’s 200m.