Injured last season, Julien Alfred aims for strong rebound in 2020

By December 10, 2019

St. Lucia’s Julien Alfred said her fast 60m dash over the weekend came as a bit of a surprise but it augurs well for the season ahead in which she aims to be in Tokyo next summer representing her country at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Alfred, 18, clocked a fast 7.18 to win the 60m dash at the FastTrack Collegiate Opener in Houston, beating the field by more than six-tenths of a second. She admits she was astonished at how fast she was able to run.

“I never expected to go that fast in December because we haven’t done much speed work as yet,” she told Sportsmax.TV.

Aldred ended last season injured, a hamstring injury forcing her to end her season in May. It also meant that she missed competing at the IAAF World Championships in Doha in September. However, that was not the thing that disappointed her the most.

“I don’t think that missing World’s was the biggest disappointment,” she said. “What was really disappointing to me was the fact that I was in the best shape of my life and my season had to end in a way that I did not expect it too.

“But I’m not only hungry for the Olympics but just coming back and running stunning times and picking up from where I left last season with my coach.”

That has been her approach since she returned to school in August.

 “I got back (to school) with a different mindset. My coach, Edrick Floreal, and I went over my goal sheet together and came up with a plan on what I had to do to achieve them,” she said. “I’ve also been putting in a lot of work both on the track and in the weight room, and I’ve been listening to what my coach says.”

That approach, she believes, will help her find success in both short sprints.

“ I am definitely focusing on both the 100m and 200m. I am a little more confident in the 200m than I was before,” she said. “So, I’m looking forward to running both events.”

 

Leighton Levy

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