Time running out for hurdler

Julz Adeniran faces a race against time if he’s to make this summer’s Olympics but the sprint hurdler insists he won’t give up chasing his dream just yet.


All eyes for the 23-year-old are currently on this weekend’s Aviva 2012 Trials, where he must achieve the Olympic A standard of 13.52seconds and a place in the top two to stand a chance.

But the Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier, who has been hampered by a knee injury sustained in his last outing in Belgium in May, admits it would surprise even him if he were to barge his way to the front of the crowded British 110m hurdles ranks.

His legal personal best of 13.74 is some way off the likes of Andy Turner, Andrew Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke, but that hasn’t daunted Adeniran ahead of what is set to be the most competitive Olympic trials for 20 years.

“Most athletes train for four solid years for an Olympics. My preparation has been significantly less than that so I’m fully aware that to qualify would be an amazing achievement,” said Adeniran.

“My early stages of development would suggest I am a couple of year’s hard training off contending for medals at global championships. However, it’s these kinds of daydreams that motivate me to not skip that last rep, not miss that weights session.

“All the signs are positive for the Games this year, and while competition in my particular event is especially fierce, I’m doing absolutely everything I can to gain selection.”

And Adeniran is undaunted by being thrust into the spotlight with action to be shown live on television, with hearts set to be broken as 750-plus athletes go head-to-head for Olympic selection.

“I can only be a professional sportsman and chase my dreams while I’m young and without responsibilities,” he added.

“Sometimes I wish I could be there more for my loved ones, but I know that the payoff down the line will be more than worth waiting for.”

Even if he fails to snatch one of the three places available at London 2012, Adeniran, who has a law degree from the University of Birmingham, insists he will not be disheartened.

Adeniran, who finished seventh at the BUCS Championships at the Olympic Stadium in May, believes the deluge of major international events in the coming years is inspiration enough to carry on.

“I hope to represent Great Britain at as many events as possible, regardless of the outcome of this summer’s Games,” he added.

“I have future championships including Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in 2014 and London’s World Athletics Championships in 2017 firmly in my sights."

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