'Leaner, stronger' Chrisann Gordon ready to mix with the best

By May 22, 2019

Jamaica’s Chrissann Gordon is feeling confident about the season ahead following her win in the 400m at the Meeting International D’Athletisme De La Grande Caribe Region Guadeloupe on the weekend.

The 2017 NCAA champion clocked 50.66s, the third fastest time in the world this year, to win the one-lapper ahead of 2017 World Champion Phyllis Francis (50.86) of the USA and Canada’s Roxana Gomez (52.12). The time was a season-best for the 23-year-old Gordon who opened with 51.33 at the Tom Jones Memorial in Florida on April 27.

She told Sportsmax.TV that everything seems to be falling into place for a good season.

“This shows that I am on the right track and I am running into shape. The season is very long so I am pleased with where I am at right now,” she said, explaining that she is perhaps in the shape of her life as she begins her professional career in earnest.

“I am learner and stronger because I am more focused and more disciplined when it comes to my training and my diet,”  said Gordon, who is the fastest Jamaican so far this year.

“As a professional athlete, I see my body now as a business I have to take good care of myself and be mindful of what I consume on a daily basis.”

After ending her college career in 2017 with her first NCAA title, Gordon moved to Florida where she now trains with Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the 2016 Olympic champion. She said training with the Bahamian has proven to be an inspiration.

“It is a blessing to be able to train with the best female 400m runner in the world,” she said.

“I am able to witness her hard work and determination in practice which inspires me to be the best athlete that I can be. Training with Shaunae brings out the best in me. She is very humble and I admire that about her and her humility makes me more comfortable working with her.”

As she looks ahead to what is going to be a long season with the World Championships set for Doha in late September, Gordon said she is leaving keeping her in shape to the experienced Lance Braumann, who oversees her preparation.

“Trials is next month so I will have to get sharp for that and then my coach will know what to do to ensure that I endure the rest of the season,” she said. “As for races between June and September, my agent and my coach will decide where and when I will run.”

Gordon, who races next at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix in Kingston on June 8, said she is confident that going forward she will be holding her own against an increasingly deepening field in the women’s 400m.

“The women are running well in the 400m and it is very competitive, but if I do what I know I am capable of doing I will be in the mix,” she said.

“World relays gave me a heads up as to what shape I am in so It gives me a little confidence for the rest of the season.”

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