Marquee 400m hurdler Kaliese Spencer recalls last season as bittersweet but remains confident that should she medal at this year’s Olympics in Rio, Brazil, it would put the icing on the cake as her greatest year ever.Spencer is one of the most successful track athletes in the history of the Diamond League circuit with a total of 21 wins.In an interview with The Gleaner, Spencer said that 2015 was a bittersweet season for her. “It began great. Unfortunately, I got an injury and I wasn’t able to complete my season as I would have wanted to but just using that as a stepping stone for this season.”Jamaica and the world have definitely not seen Kaliese Spencer’s best. I think this season is going to be a great season, so just watch out.”Despite her recent IAAF World Championships medal failures in the finals, Spencer maintains that she is over those disappointments, settled in her new training club, and looking at improving.”I have a great set of coaches working with – great people, great athletes – and it’s like a family,” she outlined at Cameron Blazers, adding that it would help her medal this year.”Definitely, I will be on the medal podium (Rio Olympic Games). I just want to stay healthy, and once God is in it, I will be a winner and I will be there,” Spencer continued.”I am over that (disappointments) long time ago. I don’t stay long on one thing. I just get going. OK, that was it. I am strong in faith, and I believe that God is by my side, and I believe that one day I will be victorious, and I am just working towards that,” she said.Though Spencer admits that she has a lot left in the tank, she did not want to predict how fast she could run this year.”I am not thinking about (times) that. I am just thinking about focusing and getting my technique better and getting stronger and staying healthy, and once I stay healthy, the times will come,” stressed Spencer.
London, Mar 7 (PTI) Englands Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park here will host the mens Hockey Champions Trophy in June, officially kicking off the sports Olympic celebrations, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said today. The Last international event before the Rio Olympic Games, Champions Trophy will see Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, India and Korea go head to head as they battle for supremacy at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre here from June 10 to 17. Sports fans will be able to experience two weeks of action-packed, world-class hockey, with the womens Hockey Champions Trophy taking place immediately after the mens event from June 18-26. FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said: “Following the hugely successful 2012 Olympic Games and more recently the Unibet EuroHockey Championships held in this venue we know that England Hockey and all of their partners will truly embrace the FIH Hockey Revolutions vision of creating innovative and exciting events for our fans. This is key to our aim of making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.” He continued: “This is the first FIH event to be held here as part of a three event series in addition to the 2017 mens Hockey World League Semi-Final and the womens Hockey World Cup in 2018.” The opening day will see hosts Great Britain, currently ranked fourth in the FIH World Rankings, start their campaign against worlds No 1 Australia, who are also the reigning World Cup and World League champions. Reigning Olympic and defending champions Germany (ranked third) will then clash with Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 runners-up Belgium (ranked fifth) on June 11th. A rerun of the 2014 Hero Hockey Champions Trophy semi-final between Germany and Australia is also on the cards on June 13th, before the all-Asian derby between 2014 Asian Games champions India (ranked seventh) and 2014 Champions Challenge winners Korea (ranked ninth) takes place the following day. The round-robin games will conclude on June 16 before the classification games begin the next day, with the final taking place on June 17. PTI ATK CMadvertisement