Photo: Obrien Wasome will play a major role for Jamaica College in their quest to win Champs 2016.
Jamaica College’s Obrien Wasome is a man who seemingly has everything he wanted at the 2015 ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships, but the Long Jumper and Triple Jumper admits he won’t be content until he has his hands on another double title – something he hopes to achieve in 2016. He leapt 7.71m and 16.24m to win the long Jump and Triple Jump respectively in 2015.
The lead man for the Old Hope Road based institution failed to conquer the field in the Triple Jump final at the Youngsters Goldsmith Classics recently, leaping 15.44m to finished second to Campion College’s Jordon Roberts who won with 15.81m.
Despite the loss, Wasome insists he is more ready than ever to win the double when he enters the National Stadium in March.
“I am the defending champion, so I guess you have to be twice as good to beat me” said Wasome. When quizzed about his chances of defending both events he said, “That’s the aim and I think I can get back my double again.”
Alrick Ottey of Cornwall College in the Long Jump and teammate Clayton Brown and Jordan Scott of Campion College in the Triple Jump should be the top opponents for Wasome at Champs 2016.
As it relates to his team and their chances, he was happy to report that his team is meeting the season’s targets as they build up to the championship.
"We have a good team and we are meeting our check points and everything looks good on our end. So on the day we have to see who is the best team, but we are going all out for it .” he noted.
And Wasome admits the competition at Champs will provide him with the perfect platform to lift himself to another level for the Carifta Games and World Junior Championships further down the road.
“Training has been pretty good this year. Carifta Games and World Juniors are both on my radar for 2016. I just need to listen to my coach and work on areas that need to be worked on and just do my best at Champs, then take it from there on ,” he added.