Last Updated on August 19, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
Julien Alfred Eyes PB at Budapest 2023 World Athletics Champs
Julien Alfred, the dual NCAA indoor and outdoor sprint champion, is setting her sights on an impressive 10.60 in the 100m for the upcoming Budapest 2023 World Athletics Championships. Despite her aspirations, the Saint Lucia sprinter is keeping her focus away from the numbers as she gears up for a standout performance at the global athletics gala.
Boasting an impressive record with a lifetime best of 10.81 in the 100m and 21.91 in the 200m, 22-year-old Alfred feels she hasn’t reached her zenith.
“I believe I’m in the shape for a personal best. Still, I’m not sure I’ve hit my peak,” she shared. Her intent is clear: “I’m here to give my absolute best.”
As the women’s 100m event approaches this Sunday, Alfred maintains her composure. “External pressures don’t weigh on me. It’s the expectations I set for myself that drive me,” she said. She’s ambitious about her goals, noting, “I’m aiming for a 10.60 in the 100m and feel confident in a 21.50 to 21.60 for the 200m. A 10.60 might secure the title, but my ultimate goal is to clinch a medal for Saint Lucia.”
While the 100m is her immediate focus, given it’s her inaugural event at the Championships, Alfred finds solace in music as she preps for her races.
“I don’t stick to a specific pre-race ritual, but gospel tunes from my hotel room set the mood. On my way to compete, it’s either soca beats or some soulful R’n’B that keeps me in the groove.”
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