Bolarinwa determined not to let gold slip from his grasp once again

PUBLISHED: 11:29 14 July 2011

Newham and Essex Beagles sprinter David Bolarinwa

Newham and Essex Beagles sprinter David Bolarinwa


Newham and Essex Beagles sprinter David Bolarinwa will head to this month’s European Junior Championships full of confidence, but is hell-bent on not letting lightning strike twice.

The 17-year-old booked his trip to Tallinn, Estonia, following victory in both the 100metres and 200m at the England Under-20 Championships last month.

And the speedster followed this up with silver in Germany at the Bauhaus Junior Gala, just one hundredth of a second off his lifetime best with 21.18 seconds.

But after seeing gold slip through his fingers last time he was in a GB vest, at last year’s Youth Olympic Games where he was forced to settle for 100m bronze, Bolarinwa is not about to take his foot off the gas heading to Estonia.

“I should be on the plane to Estonia because I’ve got the qualifying time for both the 100m and 200m and hopefully I stay injury free and I can go out there and do my best,” said Bolarinwa, who benefits from the Spar Sprint Stars Programme.

“I definitely think I have a chance of winning but anything can happen on the day so I need to stay on top of everything.

“Last year I went to the Youth Olympics and I was the fastest there but I didn’t win because I wasn’t the best on the day.

“But I’ve learnt from that experience and I’m going to take it into the Europeans and hopefully can come back with the gold.”

Bolarinwa has showed maturity beyond his years on the track, sitting second fastest on the list of British under-17 times in the 100m behind Olympic gold medallist Mark Lewis-Francis.

And with London 2012 fast approaching, Bolarinwa can’t help but let his mind wander to the bright lights of the capital as he dreams of an Olympic adventure.

“Hopefully I’ll be going to the Olympic trials next year,” he added. “A lot of the people who will be competing at the trials next year I’ve raced against this year so I’ve got a lot more experience of how to race against them.

“I’ve been running against those older guys since I was 16 so I know what it is to lose and I know what it is to win and I think you need that when you go forward into the higher ranks.

“I know that next season I’ll be up there with the big guys and I just need to keep my head down and run as fast as I can.”

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