She has been around for a while and has enjoyed marginal individual success, but for freshly minted Commonwealth Games 400m silver-medal winner Anastasia Le-Roy, yesterday’s triumph could not have come at a better time.
Le-Roy, now 30 years old, found an extra gear on the home stretch to overtake and outlast compatriot and bronze-medal winner Stephenie-Ann McPherson (50.93), crossing the line in a personal best 50.57 seconds, with Botswana’s Amantle Montsho winning gold in 50.15.
An experienced member of national mile-relay teams, Le-Roy, before yesterday, found individual international success elusive and admitted that she had, on several occasions, considered giving up.
“This silver medal is a gold for me. I have been through it all. I wanted to give up, but I have too many people who believe in me and who keep pushing me to be the best of my ability,” Le-Roy told The Gleaner.
“Going forward is to just improve on what I did tonight. It has surely boosted my confidence, and no matter what, I will believe and trust in God. He will not leave or forsake me. I just have to trust the process,” she added.
Le-Roy, who had shown good form throughout the com-petition on Australia’s Gold Coast, pointed to perfect execution of coach Maurice Wilson’s race strategy.
“My coach, Mr Wilson, told me what to do, and I just followed his instructions as best as possible. He said they were going to go out, but I had to stay in close contact. I’m fast, and I just need to believe in myself, and no matter what happened, I should sprint for my life and finish,” Le-Roy shared.
Le-Roy’s success came on a day when Aisha Praught-Leer created history by winning Jamaica’s first gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase at this level after stopping the clock at 9:21.00 to beat the Kenyan pair of Celliphine Chespol (9:22.61) and Purity Kirui (9:25.74) into second and third.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner