SCOTT LINCOLN is targeting successive medals as he seeks to follow up his Commonwealth Games bronze with more silverware in the European Athletics Championships.
City of York Athletic Club’s Lincoln finished third in the Commonwealth shot-put on Friday in Birmingham, sealing his first medal at the major championship.
Lincoln is not content to settle at just that though as he eyes up bringing back further medals to York from his trip to Munich.
“I fly to the Europeans on Saturday and that’s where I’ll end my season,” explained the 29-year-old, with qualification and the final taking place on Monday in Germany.
“We’re going to keep training the same. We’ve been on a light, maintenance phase recently, so we’ll just keep that going and keep on building on what I’ve achieved so far this year.
“I do believe I can throw PBs (personal bests) in this last event. I know I’m in the shape to do that, it’s just about getting the rhythm right on the day and not getting overexcited.
“I think it’d be an incredible achievement to be able to get a medal there and that’s what I’m aiming for.
“I don’t just want to turn up at these events to make up the numbers now, I want to push on towards medals and hopefully to win one.”
In order to add another medal to his collection, Lincoln may have to readjust himself from the atmospherics highs of Birmingham to a different setting in continental Europe.
“I’ve been to a lot of sporting events and I’ve never experienced anything like that,” he reflected of his time in the Midlands.
“It was absolutely incredible. As a Team England athlete, you felt like the crowd were in the palm of your hand, you could work them how you wanted to and get them excited.
“The atmosphere and the noise were absolutely electric.
“I had all my family there too: my girlfriend, my parents, my grandparents, my coach and his daughter, who’ve known for years. A couple of mates came down too, so we were all there together.
“It was mega to have, not only my friends and family in the crowd, but also to have that crowd backing us in Team England.”
Lincoln admitted that the fans did impact on his early throws in Birmingham, having not delivered his eventual best of 20.57m until the fifth of his six attempts.
“At the start, I felt like I was a bit over excited, possibly by how loud the crowd were and how much they were behind me,” said Lincoln.
“Subconsciously, you can try a little bit too hard and end up going backwards.
“The smallest changes (in your routine) can make the biggest distance gains and losses in our sport. That’s what makes it so frustrating at times.
“I managed to calm myself down and pop a nice throw out that won me the bronze.”
Lincoln will be hoping to carry on his wave of momentum and elation from Birmingham into Munich too.
“My phone only started to calm down on Monday afternoon,” he laughed. “I was up trying to reply to messages until about 4am afterwards because I just couldn’t sleep.
“It’s been such a whirlwind since the Commonwealth Games and these are the sort of moments that you dream of.
“It’s been so exciting to be able to share this experience with the people that have helped me along the way.”