“André’s Got the Wright Stuff!”

A Brunel Athletics Club Press Release

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New Championship Best! – BUCS Indoor Championships 2013

New Championship Best! - BUCS Indoor Championships 2012

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Friday I was running in the 60m heats. In heats I comfortably won my heat in 6.89, with a slower but due to seeing many false starts in the heats before, I wanted to play it save.

The Semi-Finals were a lot better, I got a good start and ran extremely relaxed clocking a time of 6.80 for the win.

Saturday was the 60m final. I felt confident, however being an early morning race, I wasn’t sure how I would feel first thing. I got an okay start, however I couldn’t get up on the shoulders of Tremayne Gilling and Adeseye Ogunlewe who one Gold and silver in the same time of 6.76. I crossed the line shortly after in 6.81 seconds.

Unfortunately the Brunel Relay team were disqualified in the heats due to a change over box error, which meant that I couldn’t run in the 4×200 relay team.

Sunday was a BIG day, with 3 200m races. In the heat, I had lane 2, which I found tough actually, however I managed to run a comfortable 22.11 to win the first heat.

The Semi-Final I knew I had to run really hard to make sure I got a good lane for the final. There were 5 semi finals and they had a long period in between each semi final, which meant that I was waiting for about 40 minutes in the call up area! Despite this I ran 21.37 to win and reach the final as the quickest qualifier.

The Final was extremely nerve racking, I knew that I could potentially get the gold medal I just had to execute and run a good race. I got an average start, however my pick up off the first bend was very good which meant by the second bend I had caught up with Antonio Infantino. As I went round the bend, the distance increased giving me confidence approaching the final straight. I knew that I was running fast, so I called on every ounce of energy to try to see if I could break the Championship record of 21.22.

I crossed the line in a New Championship best time of 21.18 and a new indoor PB! I was shocked and amazed that I won the gold and broken the BUCS record!

Here are a few tweets from the day:

British Athletics Grand Prix 2013

British Athletics Grand Prix 2013

Today I competed at the British Athletics Grand Prix at the NIA in Birmingham, my first race against an international field and was broadcast live on BBC 1.

My start was very good, however I didn’t run my own race, which meant that I was almost ‘panic running’ and my form fell apart. I crossed the line in 6.80 in joint last place. It was a great experience though and it wasn’t a slow time so I was happy!

New PB! – British Athletics European Trials & UK Championships

British Athletics European Trials & UK Championships

This weekend I was running at British Athletics European Trials & UK Championships.

Saturday I was running in the 60m. In the heats I came second in 6.84 to James Dasaolu‘s 6.68, it felt like I had a good start, however my usual pick up and finish weren’t as apparent as usual.

The semi-finals were a lot better, I got a reaction time of 0.185 which set me up for my best start of the season, however for some reason my pick up wasn’t on point which didn’t help my finish. I crossed the line in 4th with 6.81 (last year’s PB) getting me through to my first 60m final at a UK champs!

The final was a similar story to the heats, got another good start however struggled to pick up with the rest of the field, however managed to dig-in for a strong finish, crossing the line in 5th place clocking a time of 6.77 (just off my PB).

Sunday I was running in the 200m. I was feeling quite nervous for the heat of the 200m as the qualification was 1st place from each of the 4 heats and 1 fastest loser spot going through to the final. Being on the outside lane and having Antonio Infantino in the lane inside of me, I knew I had to run out of my skin to qualify automatically. I had a good start, but slow reaction time, however I had a great pick up coming off the first bend, and was able to hold my speed round the second bend to cross the line in first position with a new indoor PB of 21.37! I was exhausted though!

Final, I was running against Chris Clarke in the lane outside me, so again I knew that I had to run with him to contest him in the final. I got off to a better and smoother start, picking up well down the back straight, keeping with Chris, however his 400m strength started to carry him through approaching the last bend, leading him to cross the line in a awesome time of 20.96!  I cross the line swiftly afterwards to take the silver in a time of 21.29, another PB!

British Athletics commented on my performance on the weekend

European outdoor finalist Chris Clarke (Steve Fudge) took the men’s equivalent with a fine 20.96 personal best ahead of Andre Wright (Harry King), who improved from fourth place last year to take the silver a day after finishing fifth in the 60m final. (see the full report here).