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Julien Alfred’s Pre-Olympic European Tour Off To A Flying Start

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by Terry Finisterre

Saint Lucia’s Julien Alfred got her pre-Olympic European tour off to a perfect start on Tuesday, with a 200m victory at the Gyulai István Memorial – Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix. In a star-studded field in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, the 2024 World Indoor Champion equaled her season’s best of 22.16 for the win.

Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson, the second-fastest woman in the world ever over this distance, is also the record holder for this meet. The two-time World Champion had in fact won in Szekesfehervar three times in a row.

Jackson unfortunately pulled up on the home straight after a strong start, but Alfred held her composure to power through the line, ahead of Great Britain’s Daryll Neita in a season-best 22.36, Alfred’s training partner, Lanae-Tava Thomas of Jamaica in 22.54, and a third Jamaican, Natasha Morrison, 22.95.

Alfred is now set to compete in two Wanda Diamond League events, in Monaco and London, before lining up at the Olympics in Paris, France.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Congrats, Ju-Ju! Keep on working hard!

    100m:
    * Your reaction time needs to improve for better explosion at the start, but no false starts!
    * Your drive phase is perfection itself!
    * You need to maintain your top speed over the last 40m.
    * You are still fighting over the last 20m; your form disintegrates!
    * Watch videos of how Shericka & Sha’Carri finish the last 40m – that’s your goal!

    200m:
    * You need more 400m sprints to boost your endurance for the last 100m.
    * Watch videos of Gabby Thomas to improve your race management.
    * Watch videos of how Shericka goes into overdrive on the straight (last 90m).
    * You need to maintain form & mental calmness over the last 90m, while in overdrive.

    Fix the issues above, & 2 Golds will be assured in Paris.

    Top 10 Fastest Women Sprinters In The World | 100m Dash
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr7G1pDAtq4

    Top 10 Fastest Women 200m Sprinters In The World
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkMNGbNfAn4

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