'I wasn't having as much fun' says Jereem Richards says of disappointing 2019 season

By December 10, 2019

Jereem Richards, the 2017 200-metre bronze medallist said he plans to use the disappointments of his 2019 season to spur him onto success next season.

The 25-year-old Trinidadian, who won relay gold in London in 2017 to go along with his individual bronze medal, would have been looking to push on to faster times and better performances. However, last season turned the exact opposite.

A season-best of 20.14s well off his personal best of 19.97, and bowing out at the semi-finals of the 200m at the World Championships, sums up the kind of year that the young Trinidadian had and caused him to feel like he was not having fun anymore.

“I need to find back a really good rhythm in track and field and also to have a lot of fun with it because I feel like in 2019 I wasn’t having as much fun,” he said.

“It was more kind of a job to me in a sense and I only started to find the love and the fun at the end of the season and I still didn’t get the best results like I wanted to.”

For the coming season, Richards said he plans to adopt a different approach that will make the sport fun again.

“I need to work harder. I need to work smarter. I am going in with a new approach, a new mindset and keeping faith in God that he has a bigger plan for me in 2020 and this, for me, was just like a stumbling block along the way to success in 2020,” he said.

“I am keeping my head held high moving forward to the 2020 Olympics and, of course, I would want to go out there and be a medal contender and bring home precious metal because I have always wanted to be an Olympic medallist and this was always one of my biggest dreams since I started track and field.”

The sting of missing out on 2016 Olympics in Rio, is also motivating him to be even better going forward.

“I had the opportunity to make the Olympic team in 2016 but I was only a reserve on the 4x4 team and I didn’t get a chance to run and that made me work really hard in 2017,” he said. “With working hard I got a World Championship medal so I am hoping that the disappointments of the 2019 season could bring successes in 2020.”

Leighton Levy

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