JAMAICA ON TRACK: Ristananna Tracey, 'Rista' aims to get it right on Grand Prix stage

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com  Saturday, May 26, 2018

With the third staging of the JN Racers Grand Prix some 15 days away, 400-metre hurdler Ristananna Tracey is steadily rounding into form as she aims for a surprise performance.
Ristananna Tracey
Tracey, last year's World Championship bronze medallist, has been one of Jamaica's most promising young athletes over the years, but injuries have sometimes prevented her from performing at her best on the world stage.
As such, she has found it difficult to maintain consistency, which proved her undoing earlier this year, as she failed to emulate her London performance at the recent Commonwealth Games in The Gold Coast, Australia.
Ristananna Tracey
The Maurice Wilson-coached athlete, who produced her best run to date at the IAAF World Championships in London when she clocked a personal best 53.74 for bronze, finished at the back of the field at the Commonwealth Games in a pedestrian 57.50.
This as she has been struggling with chondromalacia patellae, a condition in which the cartilage on the undersurface of the patella (kneecap) deteriorates and softens.
But she is optimistic that all will fall into place come June 9, when she graces the track as one of the next generation of stars who will converge for another spectacular showing inside the National Stadium. more