Track & Field

Houston gearing up for Gold Coast

  • Strides ahead: Tre Houston on his way to winning the 60 metres final at the National Stadium at the weekend. Matthew Chan, right,  of the University of Western Ontario, finished second (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Tre Houston will remain in Bermuda for the rest of the month before heading to Florida to continue his preparations for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April.

The sprinter dusted off the cobwebs with two 60 metres sprints at a track meet involving the University of Western Ontario at the National Stadium last weekend.

Houston set the second-fastest time of 7.02sec in his heat before beating fastest qualifier Matthew Chan (7.01) in the final in 6.90. Chan finished in 7.08 and local athlete Stephan Dill came third in 7.09. Bermudian teenagers Deneo Brangman, Lejuan Matthews and Mical Dill finished fourth, fifth and sixth.

Houston was not tempted to race in the 300 later on, deciding not to push it too much in his first outing of the year.

Im not ready for that right now, said Houston, who will run the 100 and 200 Down Under. My coach just wanted me to run through this meet to see what type of shape Im in.

This was my first day in blocks today and I felt all right.

Its early this year for the Commonwealths and Im not used to getting ready so early for a major competition.

I spoke to my coach today and he said, I think you should run.

I dont argue with him; its his word and I just go with it. It was just a run to get confidence.

Houston will be based in Clairmont, Florida, before the Commonwealth Games, where he has vowed to reach the finals.

Im going to make the finals, said Houston, who represented Bermuda at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Im getting older, 27 now, so I need to make an impact. Ive made major finals as a junior, but now I want to do it as a senior.

Ive showed that I can run quick, but it is on the day that matters.

I ran 6.5 today and if I dont run that at a major competition, then its a waste.

Its the same as when people play football; you can score all those Premier League goals, but if you dont do anything at the World Cup then you cant be judged as one of the greatest.

Thats exactly why [Usain] Bolt is the greatest; he shows up when it matters.

Houston, who competed at the previous Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, is planning for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo to be his swansong. He will then start looking for a real job.

2020 and then thats it, he said. Im going to start my career after that.