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Disappointed Harrigan-Scott looking to pick up the pieces

- after early exit @ Rio Olympics
Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott is looking to pick up the pieces after bowing out in the preliminaries of the 100m at the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016. Photo: Provided
Harrigan-Scott (right) had a brilliant start but was unable to maintain her lead. Photo: Youtube
Harrigan-Scott (right) had a brilliant start but was unable to maintain her lead. Photo: Youtube
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- For at least 50 metres of her race, the Virgin Islands top sprinter Tahesia G. Harrigan-Scott seemed headed for semi-final qualification for the 100m at the Rio Olympics.

The 3-time Olympian and Virgin Islands Athlete of the Year 2015 shot out of the blocks in heat 3, lane 3 on Friday August 12, 2016, with probably one of the best starts in the field that included Tori Bowie of the USA and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria.

However, after enjoying a slim lead at least for the first half of the race, Harrigan-Scott faded to finish sixth in a time of 11.54, which was outside of qualification for the semi-finals.

The territory’s most decorated sprinter had stated that her goal in the first round was to “stay aggressive and execute” and once she did that, she knew her time would “reflect what I am capable of running.”

She was aggressive without a doubt and enjoyed a strong start that even the ESPN commentators noted, but unfortunately fate would not have it in Harrigan-Scott’s favour.

“I felt good going into the race.  I had an amazing start but midway in the race my left calf started to feel like it wanted to cramp and it cause my cadence to slow down and everything to get behind me,” Harrigan-Scott told Virgin Islands News Online.

Noting that the only thing positive she could take from her race was her execution at the beginning, Harrigan-Scott said she was extremely disappointed with her performance because of how well her preparation and mind-set was going prior to competition.

“My result was nowhere near what I could fathom.  But it is a part of the sport so even though this performance really hit me hard emotionally I know I have to pick up the pieces and not let this race keep me down. On to the next venture.”

Meanwhile, Harrigan-Scott had placed 37th overall and was the 7th fastest runner from the Caribbean, something she and the Virgin Islands can still be proud about.

16 Responses to “Disappointed Harrigan-Scott looking to pick up the pieces”

  • Sheriff Storch (16/08/2016, 18:18) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    I believe our sure horse has few races left to run
    • @Sheriff Storch (17/08/2016, 08:50) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      I too believe she has more to go. Could it be that she may need new/different techniques to help her? She is a great starter but how can she build her endurance to keep or increase that stamina. Still proud of her as she is still among the best we have in the BVI and the Caribbean.
  • VI Fan (16/08/2016, 18:25) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Tahesia, you are awesome, I was so impressed with your start, if that was a 50m dash, u surely would of gotten gold, hope the calf cramping goes away so u can can get back on track, u are the best the VI got!
  • FREE ADVICE (16/08/2016, 18:38) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    She need to stick to her 60m indoor races.
  • wize up (16/08/2016, 18:39) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well done young woman!!! Some of us will be taking(don't mind the noise)
  • Still proud of you (16/08/2016, 18:48) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    We are still proud of you T. Harrigan-Scott.
  • nbdy (16/08/2016, 23:27) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    your our gold medal T
    • Sue (17/08/2016, 09:00) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply

      Bull sh*t she get her behind cut nothing was wrong with her calf that's just an excuse. Her time has expire train done one younger now. We have Bella coming up train her right she can be the next female bolt runner

      • the rock (17/08/2016, 11:13) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
        'sue;' go back under your rock, u big dummy, Tahesia could of easily represented the usvi year ago if she did not have so much love for the BVI, if she had choose to represent them, u would of been here talking crap, "to be the woman u got to beat the woman", whoever this Bella is, will need Tahesia to pass on her experience to her, until Bella steps up, u be quiet, cause I'm am sure Tahesia can give her a start and still blow by her!
  • Yep (17/08/2016, 08:25) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Your starts are always's your finishing that needs work
  • Eagle Eye (17/08/2016, 15:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    She always gets pass nothing new
  • hawk (17/08/2016, 17:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • disappointed (17/08/2016, 20:06) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am so disappointed with those of us who choose to leave negative comments about this young lady. Do we understand the magnitude of that young lady's achievement? Base on our population size vs her competitors it's nothing short of a miracle that she was able to compete at that level. She is our national treasure and for those of you who don't see that shame on you.
    • Jack-B-Quik (18/08/2016, 16:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Thank you!!! Nothing but tear down, tear down in this BVI community. Ridiculous! I'm so disappointed by the pointless negativity. Okay, so you all go out, train, qualify and win some races then! Gosh, man! Taheisha, I don't know you personally - only by name, but from one Virgin Islander to the next, girl keep your head up and keep shooting for gold! God bless you.
  • Disappointed what (18/08/2016, 11:46) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    You all can't except the truth her dime done , she needs to hang up her shoes. Why not because she is a Skelton . smh
    • Jack-B-Quik (19/08/2016, 13:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Didn't even know she's a Skelton. Guess that means we're related then, seeing that my great-great-grandmother was one.

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