National high-jumper Priscilla Frederick, has won silver in the women’s high jump at the ongoing Pan American Games in Canada.
The US-based athlete recorded a personal best of 1.91 meters (6.2 feet) on Wednesday as she just missed the gold medal in what was a close battle for the top prize.
Frederick has dedicated the silver medal performance to her mother, Eve Peaco, and other relatives.
“I actually texted my mother this morning and I told her I was dedicated the jump to her and my two grandmothers and I wanted to make sure that I did it for them because they are the ones who raised me all of my life,” she said.
“My mother has been a single parent for so long and she’s been so dedicated and so amazing and has helped me throughout the way and through the struggles and the good time. I also dedicate it to everyone who has helped me get here and accomplish this, it’s all for them,” she added.
Frederick was bettered by St Lucia’s Levern Spencer who won gold with a jump of 1.94 meters.
The Antiguan was overjoyed with having finished within the top three, adding that her feat was due to an all-round team effort.
“I feel so humbled and so blessed to bring the silver medal back home to Antigua. I’ve been preparing, I’ve been training and I’ve been focused and I’ve been dedicated and everyone on my team have been so helpful like Mr Calvin Greenaway, Heather Samuel, Daniel Bailey and Miguel Francis, Cejhae Greene and Chevaughn Walsh so everyone has been so amazing and so supportive so I feel absolutely incredible; I really do,” Frederick said.
The athlete said she will turn her attention towards meeting the qualifying standard for World Games.
“I have NACAC (North America Central America Caribbean) coming up. I have to see if I can get into any more meets in Europe and I need to get the standards for World Games and that’s my most important priority. I need to get better; I need to jump higher so the grind is just the same. I go back to training, I go back to living my everyday life and making sure that I get this 1.94 and I am one inch away so I know that I am able to do it,” she said.
Sprinter Daniel “Bakka” Bailey had, on Tuesday, qualified for the semifinals of the 100 meters event.