Julien Alfred, Saint Lucian sprinter, says her fans can expect the best at this summer’s Commonwealth Games.
Alfred, 21 years old, will compete in the 100m & 200m in Birmingham. He was disqualified in the semifinals for the 100m at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Oregon in mid-July after a false start.
Alfred won gold in 2017’s Youth Commonwealth Games in The Bahamas. He is now aiming for gold in the senior division.
Alfred stated that he would love to be the Youth and Senior Commonwealth Games Champion, but that he doesn’t want to place any pressure on himself. “I want to do my best and go out there.” I’m limited to what I can do at the moment.
Alfred states that her main focus is on Paris 2024 hosting the Olympic Games. However, she quickly added that there are still some issues to be resolved.
Alfred said, “We also have World Championships next summer before the Olympics. So I’m looking forward to just staying healthy and going outside and doing my best.”
Alfred, Saint Lucia’s record holder for the Women’s 60m/100m and 200m was fourth in the world with 10.81 seconds in May in the Women’s 100m.
It’s a special feeling that I think, but it’s not what I want to see. She explained that she is trying to see it as a place among the best, while also being out there doing her best.
While Alfred has been busy in Birmingham, Makeba Alcide (Athletics Coach) described her as “a special athlete” who strives to improve and raise the bar.
Alcide stated, “You would have noticed that she was very talented from a young age.” “She has had a long season and has excelled greatly, so we are all proud of her for breaking all barriers.”
Alcide spoke out about Alfred’s mental state and physical condition after the World Athletics Championships disqualification. She said that the young track star is on track to fulfil her promise to Saint Lucia with excellence.
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Alcide stated, “Coming off the World Championships we obviously want to keep her focus on competing and representing Saint Lucia bien,” “She is mentally well right now so that’s something we are happy about. She is in great form, not tired or exhausted. She’s excited to race at Commonwealth Games.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28th to August 8th 2022 and will feature over 5,000 athletes from all parts of the Commonwealth.
Saint Lucia has 13 athletes competing in track and field and boxing, boxing and swimming.