National Athlete Apologises, Sets New National Record

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National shot put athlete, Jess St. John has apologised for a social media post in which she had criticised those officials charged with managing the country’s team at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia.
St. John, on Wednesday, called on the Antigua and Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA) to be more proactive ahead of major meets and to communicate with its athletes, after complaining that she was presented with a uniform that was too small just hours ahead of her competition time.
Reports had surfaced that some officials had then threatened to remove the athlete as a competitor for the twin-island state and have her return to the U.S. where she attends the Kansas State University.
St. John has, however, competed in the shot put event, covering a distance of 16.90 metres to set a new national record and cruise into the finals slated for Thursday.
In her most recent post, the athlete apologised to the team’s management, stating that “the misunderstanding has been addressed” and hoped that her apology would be accepted.
St. John went on to add that the experience has been a learning one for her and vowed to “handle things differently” in the future.
Efforts to reach the athlete for a comment proved futile.
The men’s 4×1 relay team was also slated to go into action on Thursday when they compete in lane two of heat one at the Carrara Stadium.
The Antigua and Barbuda team is made up of Coull Graham, Jared Jarvis, Chavaughn Walsh and Tahir Walsh.

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