The Jamaica Observer’s Sherdon Cowan praises medalist Ristananna Tracey for defying odds to end 2017 on a high note; she has been nominated for the Sportswoman of the Year Award:
When Ristananna Tracey came out of the IAAF London World Championships as Jamaica’s lone female individual medallist, she had achieved her ultimate goal in what she describes as a “yo-yo season”. But with that accomplishment now behind her, the 400-metre hurdles specialist is now on course to attain the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year Award — an accolade that she considers to be the epitome of recognition and success.
“I feel extremely honoured to have been nominated for this prestigious award; obviously it is my first time been nominated and I am extremely happy that my hard work is being recognised. I can’t say I was surprised by my nomination, but I can’t say it was expected either, because I never really pay attention to these things when it comes to competition. My aim is always to leave it all on the track and I did that in August at the World Championships in London,” Tracey told the Jamaica Observer in a recent interview.
After three previous tries on the World Championships circuit in Daegu, South Korea 2011; Moscow, Russia 2013; and Beijing, China 2015, it was a matter of fourth time lucky for Tracey, who is now coming of age.
In Daegu and Russia, she made the semi-finals. Tracey, 25, has been one of Jamaica’s most promising young athletes during her teenage years, but plaguing injuries have sometimes barred her from performing at her best on the world stage.