World Indoor 400m champion Jereem Richards to contest 200m at TTO championships, eyes defence of Commonwealth 200m title

By June 23, 2022
Jereem Richards of TTO winning the 400m World Indoor title in Belgrade in March Jereem Richards of TTO winning the 400m World Indoor title in Belgrade in March World Athletics

Jereem Richards, the 2022 World Indoor 400m champion, will contest only the half-lap sprint at the Trinidad and Tobago National Championships set for June 25-26 at the Hasley Crawford Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.

Richards, 28, was Trinidad and Tobago’s only medalist at the 2022 World Indoor Championships in March when he clocked a smart 45.00 to win gold for the twin-island republic. However, speaking with Sportsmax.TV this week, he outlined his plans for his national championships.

“This weekend I’ll be competing in just the 200m and my expectation is I break the 20-second barrier once again,” said Richards, who last broke 20 seconds when he ran 19.99 in Doha in May 2018.

Outside his personal objectives, Richards said he believes TT will field a strong team for the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon in July.

“I’m excepting that team TTO will be strong in the respected events such as sprints relays and throws,” he said, explaining that he believes he, Dwight St Hilaire, Machel Cedenio and Asa Guevara will be part of the make-up of his country’s 4x400m relay team.

TTO will also likely have the in-form Keshorn Walcott, the 2012 Olympic champion, in the team for the 2022 global championships.

Richards’ goals for the season extend beyond the World Championships. In 2018, he won the 200m at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast and he is aiming to travel to Birmingham, England to defend his title later this summer.

The Commonwealth Games are set to begin on July 28, just four days after the end of the World Championships but Richards believes the work he has done to prepare for the season will help him successfully navigate the hectic schedule.

“My plan is to trust in God, trust in the plan my coach has for me and just make sure that I’m healthy to get the job done,” he said.

 

 

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