Aug 13, 2020 Sports Comments Off on Javelin Champion Baird back in training
By Calvin Chapman
National men’s Javelin champion; Leslain Baird, during an invited comment with Kaieteur Sport has revealed that he has returned to training following a five-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in Guyana.
The Senior Petty Officer in Guyana’s Coast Guard shared that it, “Feels really great to be back in training. There are a few restrictions on how we operate now but I am adjusting well.”
Baird revealed that he feels extremely rested and recovered following his surgery to fix an internal hemorrhoids problem that had seen him miss the business end of the 2019 season.
In January of this year, three months after his surgery, Baird was back to training and began competing in the subsequent month. The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) athlete explained that maybe he was too focused on getting back into competition but nevertheless, the rest during the lockdown was exactly what the doctor ordered.
However, his season best throw of 71m at the National Track and Field Center (NTFC) on the West Coast of Demerara since February, sees him being ranked number two in South America currently, despite it being some distance away from his personal best (PB).
The national men’s Javelin record holder that has a best distance of 78.65m declared that his goals from the beginning of the season remains the same, which are, “To improve on my PB, break the South American Javelin record, and not just qualify for the Olympics but to be in the top 8 in the world.”
The AAG had announced last week that they are looking at August 29 & 30 as the days for the 2020 Senior Championships and Baird, while happy with the prospect of Athletics returning, he highlighted that since he only recommenced training this Monday, it may be a bit difficult to compete so soon if the event gets the green light from the Ministry of Health.
The South America games silver medalist’s message to his fellow athletes for this pandemic read, “Just think outside the box, there are so many things we can do without actually getting out the house. Be creative, do innovative exercises that will help you to keep your body at a decent fitness level and also do some research on your event, I’ve found that it’s helps a lot.”
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