Greene: Winning medal was a tremendous feeling

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By Neto Baptiste

By Neto Baptiste

National sprinter Cejhae Greene is reveling in his bronze medal performance at the ongoing Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

The athlete clocked 10.23 seconds to finish third in the 100 meters finals at the Athletics Stadium in Lima on Wednesday and bring home the country’s second medal, both bronze, after boxer Alston Ryan had captured bronze in the Men’s Light Welterweight earlier this month.

“Winning a bronze medal was tremendous and I needed that bronze medal to add to my resume and my pedigree because I have been running well and yes I have been winning medals here and there but winning a Pan American bronze medal, it sets you apart a little bit from a lot [of the competition]. It shows that I could medal at the big stage and that’s what counts,” he said.

The athlete had a good start in the final but struggled to the drive phase of the race. He however recovered well to push over the line in the third position.

Greene said extremely cold conditions in Peru at this time was his major challenge through the event.

“To be honest, you just have to make sure you warm up your muscles very well because as Mr. Maginley [Jody] said, it is really cold; but everybody had to deal with the cold, so you just had to mentally tell yourself that it’s cold for everybody so just do your best to warm-up and try and make sure you stay healthy,” he said. 

The former PMS student-turned-professional-athlete said running in Europe over the past months served to prepare him for the conditions in Peru.

“It helped tremendously. It helped so much, because [in Europe] you’re racing against so high-level opponents who were all in the races with you [at Pan Am], and in Europe it’s also a little unpredictable with weather as well; so you learn mentally to just adapt to the climate and I think that really helped me when it pertained to the weather and getting ready for the races and just getting ready to compete in general,” Greene said.

Greene was beaten to the line by Paula Oli De Camilo Andre who finished second in 10.16 seconds and USA’s Michael Rodgers who won the gold in a time of 10.09 seconds.

Rodrigo Pereira of Brazil and Ray Dwyer were fourth and fifth respectively, clocking 10.27 and 10.32 respectively.

National sprinter, Cejhae Greene, is reveling in his bronze medal performance at the ongoing Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

The athlete clocked 10.23 seconds to finish third in the 100 meters finals at the Athletics Stadium in Lima on Wednesday and bring home the country’s second medal, both bronze, after boxer Alston Ryan had captured bronze in the Men’s Light Welterweight earlier this month.

“Winning a bronze medal was tremendous and I needed that bronze medal to add to my resume and my pedigree because I have been running well and yes I have been winning medals here and there but winning a Pan American bronze medal, it sets you apart a little bit from a lot [of the competition]. It shows that I could medal at the big stage and that’s what counts,” he said.

The athlete had a good start in the final but struggled to the drive phase of the race. He however recovered well to push over the line in the third position.

Greene said extremely cold conditions in Peru at this time was his major challenge through the event.

“To be honest, you just have to make sure you warm up your muscles very well because as Mr. Maginley [Jody] said, it is really cold but everybody had to deal with the cold so you just had to mentally tell yourself that it’s cold for everybody so just do your best to warm-up and try and make sure you stay healthy,” he said. 

The former PMS student-turned-professional-athlete said running in Europe over the past months, served to prepare him for the conditions in Peru.

“It helped tremendously, it helped so much because [in Europe] you’re racing against so high-level opponents who were all in the races with you [at Pan Am], and in Europe it’s also a little unpredictable with weather as well, so you learn mentally to just adapt to the climate and I think that really helped me when it pertained to the weather and getting ready for the races and just getting ready to compete in general,” Greene said.

Greene was beaten to the line by Paula Oli De Camilo Andre who finished second in 10.16 seconds and USA’s Michael Rodgers who won the gold in a time of 10.09 seconds. Rodrigo Pereira of Brazil and Ray Dwyer were fourth and fifth respectively, clocking 10.27 and 10.32 respectively.

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