1:59.13 in February is 'truly amazing' - Natoya Goule

By February 11, 2019

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule believes it was natural speed and strength work done in the preseason that propelled her to a national indoor 800m record at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.

The 27-year-old 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist clocked 1:59.13 eclipsing the 1:59.54 set by Kenia Sinclair in 2006. It is also the second-fastest time in the world this year, bettered by the race winner Ajee Wilson, whose 1:58.60 was not only the best time run for 2019 but was also a USA national record, a meet record and facility record.

The time was also another milestone for the Clemson alum, who had a breakout season in 2018 when she also won a bronze medal at the Continental Cup in Ostrava and set a national outdoor record of 1:56.15.

“Because I haven’t done any speed work, I think it was just my natural speed and also just being strong because I have been doing a lot of strength work and I am really grateful for that,” she told Sportsmax.TV on Monday.

“This says a lot about my conditioning knowing that I have just been doing runs and background workouts so to be running 1:59.1 in February that is truly amazing.”

She said she is confident her coach, Mark Elliot, is pleased with the performance even though he has not said as much. Goule has been with Elliott throughout her NCAA career at Louisiana State University where she won the NCAA outdoor title in 2013.

She eventually followed him to Clemson.

“He doesn’t usually show a lot of emotion but I know that he is really, really happy because he knows how hard I have been training and we both know I can run faster than that based on my workout times,” she said.

“We are happy with the time and we are just looking forward to outdoors.”

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