Are you training for anything right now?
I’m not training for anything at the moment, the season’s done for me. I’ll start training again in October for the Commonwealth games and the European Championships next year but right now I’m taking a break. I’ll take about four or five weeks off then will hit it again. I’ve still got university, I’m going into my second year at the University of East London studying sports and exercise science, which is relevant to what I’m doing and I enjoy it.
Do you see yourself going into that in the future?
Yes hopefully athletics will work out for me with the help of this knowledge and I need a degree of some sort.
How was last season for you?
It was great, a brilliant season. I had two championships: the under 23 championships in Finland which went well and the World Championships were also great for me, I made the final and finished 5th and got a PB. I wanted to make the final but I was very happy to run 19 seconds for the 200 meters, it was one of the best things ever - I couldn’t believe it. I crossed the line and I didn’t think it was me, I thought it was one of the Jamaicans next to me so I looked up at the big screen, the cameras were on me and I looked to where the BBC guys were and they put their thumbs up it was the best thing in the world, absolutely amazing. I’m very happy as I unfortunately had some injuries this year but have overcome them. I had surgery in April, my Plantaris was removed, so I was lucky enough to come back from that. There was a lot of rehab work that went on, I couldn’t have made the final without my physios and my coach and my friends and family, they got me through it.
What is your training schedule like in the lead up to an event?
It’s intense. I train six days a week, normally early mornings. It’s usually speed and endurance stuff for the 200 meters, and quick sharp stuff with more bend work. We did a lot of work on the bend and tactical how to run the race. There’s not so much strength and conditioning leading up to the races, we do more heavy stuff in the winter. To keep myself ticking over during the summer leading up to the races I go to the gym a couple of times a week, a couple of weights but not too heavy as I'm still developing so need to be more developed before I start lifting heavier stuff. But I’m learning the techniques and things so as I get older that will help me.
What’s the longest distance you run in training?
350’s – 400’s. But in the winter, the very early winter, we do a couple of kilometers 3-4 just to lose the puppy fat and get back into shape. I’m gorging now as I’ve got some time off.
What do you eat when you’re not training then?
Ah everything, I love Nandos, which is pretty healthy so I’m very healthy really, it’s brilliant, chicken and a bit of rice, and you can get vegetables if you want. I go there all the time.
Do you have a strict nutrition plan when you’re in training?
I try to, more protein and carbohydrates and I just don’t eat rubbish like crisps and chocolate. I still have a treat day though every so often, you’ve just got to be sensible with it.
Do you think you’ll do any distance running in the future? How about RTTB next year?
Maybe. It will take me a few years but maybe after sprinting. I want to do a marathon at some point in the future as well.
What are you aiming for in the next few years?
Rio is the goal. I’ll still only be 21-22 so there’s also Tokyo in 2020. But Rio is the long-term goal so everything leading up to that is a stepping-stone.
What do you do when you’re not running?
I chill out, like a normal teenage guy. I live in Dartford and I just relax, play guitar, jam with my friends, go to the cinema and play football.
How did you get into athletics?
I only really got into it last year in January that’s when I really started to take it seriously. I knew I was quick at school and played football so people said try athletics and I did so I stopped playing football and started athletics and made it into the Olympic team, which was mad.
How were the London Games for you last year?
It was amazing, I don’t think I’ll ever get an experience like that again – in front of a home crowd with so many different other sports, it was just brilliant. I loved that feeling and I want that to be replicated in Rio.
Would you like to encourage more young people to get into and involved into athletics?
Yes. I want to inspire as many young people as possible to get into it. I’m trying to be a good role model. There’s been a lot of negativity in the sport lately with the anti-doping thing and a lot of top athletes being caught, which isn’t nice and it puts people off so I think I’m just here to spread the message that we are clean and it’s a credible sport. There are so many events you can get into and you just need to find the right one and you’ll end up loving it. It’s the purest form of sport I think, get from here as quickly as possible, throw this as far as you can, everyone can do it. So that’s what I’m aiming for to get as many young people as possible involved so we can compete with the likes of America, China, Russia and all these big nations.
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