Phillips remains Guyana’s brightest female sprint prospect.

first_imgIN 2013 she began to gain stride and by 2015 Guyana’s Kenisha Phillips was hailed among the best next generation of Guyanese athletics, driven by the historic fastest-ever 12-second 100m win at the National Schools Championships.Phillips remains Guyana’s brightest female sprint prospect, but despite all her accomplishments locally, the Buxtonian continues to struggle to find her footing regionally.She believes nervousness has been her major issue, but as time progresses, Phillips says working on her confidence will be her top priority when she hits the track at the big meets.Phillips recently was among the 12 athletes who represented Guyana at the CARIFTA Games last month in Curacao, where she took part in the Girls’ youth 100m and 200m but returned medal-less.“A lot of people – with this being my second year – expected me to perform better, but I was nervous,” she declared.Kenisha PhillipsIt was another disappointment for the 16-year-old, who had only last November failed to medal at the South American Youth Championships, and also had a difficult time medalling at CARIFTA 2016.Despite clocking great times prior to attending overseas meets, Phillips clocks some of her slowest times at overseas meets.At CARIFTA, in the 200m, Phillips ended 24.92 seconds, her slowest time of the season, after clocking her personal best 24.47 seconds just a month earlier.In the 100m she finished with a time of 12.15 seconds, despite a SB 11.84 seconds.Nonetheless, she is not worried about the past, adding that she is focused about her future.“I was a little disappointed because I didn’t even run my personal best. But right now I’m trying to put it behind me and hope for the best next year. I just have to try to forget about it and keep training,” she said when Chronicle Sport caught up with her training at the National Park earlier this week.As she moves on, Phillips wants to focus more on building her confidence with the ultimate aim to emulate her idol Usain Bolt.last_img

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