Goule books passage to Doha, steers away from Semenya controversy


Goule books passage to Doha, steers away from Semenya controversy

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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For the seventh year running Natoya Goule claimed the title of National women's 800m champion at the JAAA/SVL Athletics Championships at National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

Goule had Jazmine Fray, the NCAA Outdoor Champion, as company for most of the race but was able to shake off the challenge with just under 200m to run and she never looked like being caught once she made her move.

She then cruised to victory in 1:59.50s, her first race below two minutes this season in front of a small, but appreciative crowd in the grandstand.

Goule was delighted with the win and the time, as she gets her outdoor season in full swing.

“I am very pleased because it's under two minutes. It's my first time outdoors this season, so I am definitely pleased.”

Winning for a seventh time in a row was a delight for the petite athlete.

“That makes me feel really good and then knowing that I finally hear my name as the national record holder, it's very good,” noted Goule.

She has a number of upcoming Diamond League races that twill aid in her preparation for the World Championships later this year.

“I have one next week (Diamond League meet) and then I have Monaco afterwards and then London, so definitely that will keep me in shape for the World Championships,” Goule noted.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist is eager to build on that success from last year, targeting another podium finish in the event in Doha.

“That's my main goal this season, to get a medal and I know and I pray that God will allow me to get it. I know he is on my side so I am just staying humble and just continue to run the way I am supposed to run; and I will definitely be on the podium, once I do that,” she said.

When quizzed by reporters on her reaction to the ongoing controversy between Caster Semenya and the IAAF, the former Manchester High athlete shied away from a direct response.

“Well, honestly I don't like talking about it; I always go away from the subject. but I really don't know what to say about it because I don't want to say the wrong things and then they make it look like I am either a hater or…you know how it is,” she said.

Goule said her focus was just on running and doing well each time out.

“Honestly, I just go out there each time and just run whether she is in the race or not; I go out there just to run and make sure that I do well,” she concluded.

— Dwayne Richards

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