www.islandstats.com on Saturday June 11th the second day of the Bermuda National Track & Field Championships reported that Shianne Smith broke the Bermuda National Women’s 400m Hurdles record while competing in the French National Track & Field Meet 2 Colmar.
We asked Smith to take us through the day when she broke the National Record.
Smith said, “Funny enough everything leading up to the competition was not optimal for producing great results. My day was super long, woke up a 6am to catch a plane then train, once we got to the hotel it was 11am and they were not giving us the room until 3pm and my event was at 8pm so we were squatting in the lobby taking power naps here and there.”
Finally 3pm came around got to the room was able to relax for a little before getting a cold shower to wake me up. Weather was perfect, got to the track started warming up and of course suddenly rain.
Around 7:30pm I was feeling sleepy and my time during my practice runs over the first 2hurdles were 1/2 a second slower than what they should have been to run a good time, I was like no Shi wake up taking back energy bars trying keep myself hype.
With five minutes before we got our lane assignments, I was 8th on the list of performance, being it was a 6 lane track I was put into the second heat.
Immediately thought no fast girls to pull me to a good time. "Ok Shi you gotta run now"...so that’s exactly what I did, I got out hard passed the girl lane outside of me over the second hurdle and once I went over the third hurdle with my left leg I knew I was set to have a good race. I lead the whole way until hurdle 8 I heard then saw someone coming up on my left I remember being kinda even with her then I had a perfect hurdle 10 no stutter step no hesitation (which happens with fatigue) I saw a 53 on the clock which helped to bring me home strong winning the heat, finishing 4th overall.”
Smith’s time Qualifies her for the French Elite Championships June 24th – 26th where she will be aiming to bring her time down even more.