Beagles star Rikki remains confident that he can still grab an Olympic slot
PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 June 2012
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»Rikki Fifton is confident he can grab that much sought after London 2012 place at the all-important Aviva Team GB Trials in two weeks’ time.
The 26-year-old Newham & Essex Beagles sprinter continued his build up to the domestic blue ribbon event at a rain-drenched EAA Meeting D’Athletisme de Montreuil in the Parisian suburb, France last week.
He finished a lowly sixth in the 100metres with a time of 10.63 seconds, behind second-placed and fellow domestic rival Dwain Chambers (10.48) and race winner from Jamaica Ainsley Waugh (10.47).
Fifton was disappointed with the run despite the conditions: “It was fine until the last hour, then it all started to rain,” he said.
“It’s all been constant little spits and showers, it was cold and wet, conditions weren’t ideal, but I did expect to run a faster time.”
However, a performance in Turin on Friday was also extremely disappointing after he finished eighth in 11.03.
And Fifton believes the performances have been well below par so far this season: “The times haven’t been exactly what I’ve been expecting in the way I’ve ran in training,” he said.
“Hopefully the times will get better before the trials,” he added.
As the situation stands in regard to the UKA Olympic qualifying standard, only Adam Gemili and James Dasaolu have so far achieved the A mark this season.
So the pressure will be mounting on Fifton come June 22-24 in Birmingham, when he goes into this most hotly contested trials for nearly a decade with a season’s best of 10.46 which he achieved in Klamath, Greece.
But Fifton reckons the contest to grab those golden Olympic qualifying spots is wide open.
“It’s definitely anyone’s trials. I think it’s whoever can keep their head together to be honest,” said the West Ham fan.
“There are some young guys who are coming through; they’re enthusiastic and running well. Also the older experienced guys who have been there and done that so many times, so it’s going to be really competitive.
“But I’m confident of getting that Olympic place. If I wasn’t confident I wouldn’t be racing now. I just need to find the right conditions and I’ll know I will be more than alright to get the qualifying times when the trials come.
“At the end of the day if you go to the trials, finish in the top two and get the qualifying time then you can pretty well sleep well at night.”
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