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Jun 17, 2016

Belizean Athletes Perform Outstandingly in Central American Games

Amid all the negative news, tonight there is positive news involving Belizean athletes. We take pride in reporting that 2012 Belize Olympic team member Kaina Martinez has performed outstandingly in the twenty-seventh Central American Games currently underway in El Salvador. In fact, Kaina has won gold in the Women’s one hundred meter race. But even better, she set a new record by shaving off point three seconds off her preliminary time. Last week, we spoke to Kaina as she prepared for the competition. Her strategy has paid off big time. Here what she told us that has now come to pass.

 

Kaina Martinez,

Kaina Martinez, Athlete

“Going into Olympics 2014; I went beucase of just a lucky pick basically. And when I went there, I realised Kaina, you just have natural talent; you need more. And I literally cried; I said I wanted more and coming back there was nothing going on at home for me. It was just all pure work and I needed to make the money to survive. But my dream never died really. So every time on that track training, that keeps going in my head, being in the Olympics just as a natural talented athlete and realizing that it is not going to take me that far, but that I also need to work; that also keeps me going. It’s not easy, but knowing and having the experience, it kinda like guides me to keep working and to make sure that I accomplish what I really want cause I don’t want to go into the Olympics as such a natural talent. That’s why I am trying to qualify to make that time and be there. Track and field is not just running; it is more than just running. Your body and mind has to work together and that’s what I have been working on and that’s why I am getting better. I mean just running track and field and not really understanding it and not being able to connect your body and mind is not gonna take you as far as you can. I challenge myself like personally and every moment I goon that track, it’s like in the classroom. I don’t talk a lot, I’m focused; I make sure that I am there to get something done.”

 

There is even more good news since Shaun Gill who will be taking home the bronze medal for the Men’s one hundred meters.

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