Jamaal James calls time on his career

T&T sprinter Jamaal James has called time on his career, announcing it via social media on Monday.

It came a day after James failed to qualify for the Commonwealth Games at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

While James won his heat in the 800m Dash, he did not finish in the final, instead rabbiting the race for the future generation.

The 29-year-old said on Facebook, “Well this is the end! I would like to announce my retirement as an elite level track and field athlete.

Athletics has given me more than I could have ever hoped for! I began as a 12-year-old in 2001.

In between I met a host of awesome people and enjoyed many highs and a few lows!”

James reflected on his career in the social media post, saying how track and field had helped him attain a Communications degree at Louisiana State University (LSU). In giving his top three career moments, James said his top one came when he was 16 years old. “My 5th place finish at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Morocco where I was the LONE athlete from the Western Hemisphere to make the final! I was able to secure this achievement whilst sitting my CXC/GCSE exams at Trinity College Moka and attained all 8 subjects,” James wrote.

He said he will still be involved in the sport as a coach.

The T&T sprinter enjoyed a fruitful career, especially during his younger days. He set the National Junior 800m record of 1:47.00 at the South Eastern Conference Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as a freshman at LSU. He also won bronze at the 2015 North America Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica as a self-coached athlete.

James said his only regret is “for a large part of my career I viewed my self as an underachiever because I always set such high standards for my self…” James also pointed to the “minimal support” from the administrative powers in Trinidad and Tobago that he was able to run between the 1:48.86 and 1:46.57 for 12 years consecutively.

“That stat could be viewed 2 ways #1 as someone who stayed stagnant at borderline elite times or #2 as someone who worked his ass off with the odds stacked against him!” he wrote.

Jamaal James Statistics:

6x Senior Trinidad and Tobago 800m Champion
2x Carifta 800m Champion
2x CAC Junior 800m Champion
1x Pan American Jr 800m Silver Medal
1x NACAC Senior 800m Bronze Medal
2x SEC 800m champion 
2xNCAA 800m All American 
1x IAAF World Youth Championship Final

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