ST JOHN’S, Antigua – National sprinter Daniel “Bakka” Bailey had a poor start to his 2012 indoor season when he finished last in the rare event at the USA Track and Field US Open at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Bailey clocked 5:75 seconds to finish in the sixth position of the event that was dominated by Jamaican Asafa Powell who edged out compatriot Nesta Carter to win the 50 metres dash.
Veronica Campbell-Brown and Trinidadian Renny Quow also had good showings on Saturday.
The athlete, during an interview with OBSERVER Sports, admitted to making some mistakes with regards to his technique and said he was punished for what he is calling “foolishness.”
“It was my first race. I know I should have done better and when I watched over the race I realised that I made a lot of mistakes. So it is just these things for me to just go and correct them and get it right; but these things happen,” he said.
“If you go into a drag-race and you ‘mis-shift’ a gear, you will get passed. So these things happen and when you do foolishness in a race, then you will get punished and that’s how it is. But I am over that now. It was my first race, my first indoor race, 50 metres, and I have to move on from that to get ready for Birmingham in the next two weeks,” Bailey added.
The Antiguan added that he wasn’t concentrating too heavily on what time to run.
“I never ran a 50 metre in my life. This is my first 50 metre ever, so I wouldn’t really know if it is a good time or bad time. But looking at the overall aspect of the race and who won and stuff like that, it’s a pretty decent time for me running a first 50 metre race so I just have to take things from there and just correct things and move on,” he said.
Competing indoors for the first time in eight years, 29-year-old Powell was clocked at 5.64 seconds, while Carter was just behind in 5.67.
Despite a slight mistake at the start, Powell led from start to finish to claim the marquee event in the meet that was the first in the 2012 IAAF Indoor Permit Series.
Twenty-one-year-old Jamaican Kimmari Roach finished fifth in 5.74 seconds, while Campbell-Brown, the reigning Olympic and World 200 metres champion, joined Powell in winners’ row as she streaked to victory over her field in the women’s equivalent.
The Jamaican touched the tape in 6.08 seconds, beating American Jessica Young (6.20) into second.