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Adelle Tracey smashes long-standing Jamaican 1500m file


After switching from Britain to Jamaica, Adelle Tracey is within the type of her life in Budapest

Former Nice Britain middle-distance star Adele Tracey had a smile as large because the Danube river adjoining to the stadium regardless of failing, by only one place, to make the ultimate of the ladies’s 1500m on the World Championships on Sunday, writes Keith McGhie.

Tracey, proudly resplendent within the black, inexperienced and gold of her chosen nation of heritage Jamaica since switching allegiance final yr, completed seventh, with solely six to qualify from her semi-final.

However disappointment turned to unbridled elation when the now Jamaican athlete noticed the clock and realised that she had not solely dipped beneath 4 minutes for the primary time however smashed the Caribbean nation’s 28-year previous nationwide file within the course of.

Her semi-final time of three:58.77 sliced 3.07 seconds off of the previous Jamaican file, set by Yvonne Graham in Monaco in 1995.

Tracey, 30, was born in Seattle and largely introduced up within the UK and, nonetheless sporting a beaming smile afterwards, she enthused: “I’m delighted. It’s been a dream of mine to interrupt 4 minutes but additionally to be a nationwide file holder of Jamaica. It’s fairly magical, though it’s bitter candy.

“It’s laborious to suppose that with final yr’s qualification requirements I may also have made the ultimate however I’ve obtained to have a look at the positives. I needed to come back right here and run the race of my life and I really feel like I’ve simply accomplished that. I’ll concentrate on that and hopefully take the arrogance it’s given me into the 800s later within the week.

“My coach has labored actually laborious to make it possible for I peaked right here (in Budapest) so I’ve been actually pissed off through the season as I’ve been coaching laborious all week after which having my legs full of coaching if I raced at weekends.

“However that has stood me in good stead right here and I’m so glad all of it got here collectively. My preliminary pang of disappointment turned to happiness as quickly as I noticed the time.”

Her new nationwide file additionally stands as an Olympic qualifying customary for Paris 2024 and he or she added: “That’s one other good factor to have ticked off and signifies that I can focus on preparing for that championship.”

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