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World gold medallist Ferguson will go to Beijing with no pressure

Sheniqua Ferguson of Bahamas celebrates her gold medal in the 200m at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships (Getty Images)Sheniqua Ferguson of Bahamas celebrates her gold medal in the 200m at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championships (Getty Images) © Copyright

Bahamian World Junior 200m champion Sheniqua Ferguson believes her presence at next month's Olympic Games will put pressure on her seniors.

Ferguson, who won the World Junior title on Friday's fourth day of the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships, said her victory gave her courage to stand up against her seniors.

"The pressure will be on them, because that's their meet," explained Ferguson, who ran 22.85 for second at the Bahamas Olympic Trials.

"They are the seniors, they will have more pressure on them, not to let me beat them," said Ferguson, who won the 200m final in 23.24 ahead of Caribbean neighbours Meritzer Williams of St. Kitts and Nevis (23.40) and Janelle Redhead of Grenada (23.52).

"I am just going there to have fun and get the experience, but of course, my goal is to make it into the final of the 200m," continued Ferguson.

Ferguson, who won bronze in the 100m on Wednesday, said, her performance over the last few days, made her think: "I can do all things with Christ."

Religious belief

The 18-year-old Ferguson, said: "I just want to go out there (Olympics), knowing that with him (God), I can do anything."

Ferguson, who made her senior team debut at last year's Pan Am Games, believes it was the work of God, which brought her success.

"I just want to thank God, because only he ran that race for me yesterday," added the Southwest Mississippi Community College.

"I was very tired going into that final, having ran three rounds of 100m, two rounds of 200m, and had the 4x100m heats Saturday, so I was kind of tired, so I just told him (God) that this race is his and what every happen, happens…”

However, while saying that, Ferguson said execution was an important part of her race.

"I just went out there and executed the race to the fullest and I came out with the win, I was very happy," added Ferguson, who was eighth in the 200m in Beijing World Juniors two years ago.

Ferguson, who said her favourite person is Debbie Ferguson, Bahamian top sprinter, said she wanted the gold in the women's 100m, but God, had other plans.

"I wanted to get the gold in the 100m, but when it did not happen, I said he (God) knows why, he knows why he did not want me to get the gold, because he was saving something better for me," Ferguson said with a smile.

In the end, she said: "It's very good to know that I am ending my junior career with a world junior title," concluded Ferguson, whose favourite place is the beach

Ferguson, who said her track & field career started four years ago by just running around in High School, eats all kind of food, but prefers pizza.

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Anthony Foster for the IAAF