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Semoy Hackett

Semoy Hackett travelled to the Pan American Games here in Lima, Peru with one goal in mind.

“My aim for this competition was trying to get the World Championship standard.”

Hackett did not achieve the 23.02 seconds women’s 200 metres qualifying time for the September 28 to October 6 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The Florida-based sprinter ran a season’s best 23.31 in Thursday’s semifinal round, but could not improve in Friday’s final, finishing eighth in 23.62. Jamaica’s two- time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won in 22.43, a new Pan Am Games record.

“I am glad I came out of this meet healthy,” Hackett told the Express. “I am optimistic about ending the season good. It’s not the best, as this time last year I was at 22.6, but this year it’s difficult based on situations I can’t control.”

Hackett produced her 22.51 seconds personal best on August 9, 2015. Twenty days later, she teamed up with Kelly-Ann Baptiste, Michelle-Lee Ahye, and Reyare Thomas to secure bronze for Trinidad and Tobago at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China in a national record time of 42.03 seconds.

Hackett said she is using her Lima performance as motivation to secure 200m selection for the Doha Worlds.

“My main aim from here is to go back to the drawing board, and hopefully next meet I will accomplish the standard. I am really trying to make the World Championships 200 final. That’s my ultimate goal. I’m injury-free, and hoping I can get it done within the next three to four weeks.”

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