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Isa Phillips ready to challenge Americans in Berlin

By World-Track Correspondent

KINGSTON — Jamaica national 400 metres hurdles champion Isa Phillips is targeting a medal at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin in August.

Phillips, who clocked a personal best of 48.05seconds to win the event at the weekend, has high hopes of beating the Americans who swept the event at the Olympics in Beijing last summer.

"The goal is not to take over from Danny McFarlane," Phillips told the Jamaica Observer. "It’s the Americans that I want to beat because we’re not just thinking national, we are dealing international," he added.

Phillips missed making the Olympic finals last year after finishing fifth in his semi-finals in 48.85.

The 25-year-old, who at the start of the season had a life-time best of 48.51, shattered that mark several times this season and confidently said he is not surprised to his personal best keeps dropping week-by-week.

"It’s nothing unexpected because I’ve been running and working hard from day one," he explained. "It’s a process.

"We already know that if you work for what you want and want it hard enough, you get it…so it’s the same thing for me."

After winning at the U.S. trials on Sunday, Bershawn Jackson, the bronze medallist third in that USA sweep at the Olympics, said the Americans could again sweep the 400m hurdles in Berlin.

Jackson is the quickest over the discipline so far this season with a time of 48.03sec which he used to win the U.S. title in Eugene on Sunday.

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

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