Sprint ace Tairou has the pace of a champ

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 July 2011

Kelvin Tairou

Kelvin Tairou


»Forest Gate Community School student Kelvin Tairou was crowned the English Schools 100 metres Champion in Gateshead last weekend.

The 17-year-old set a new personal best time in his first heat and then surpassed that time to win Sunday’s final.

The sprinter, who represented Essex at the national event, initially clocked 10.80 seconds to finish first in Saturday’s heat, but proved to be even faster 24 hours later with victory in a time of 10.77.

Tairou, who is also the 60m indoor champion, will represent England in the Schools Home Nation International meeting at Cardiff Stadium on Saturday, as he looks to continue his excellent form. He said: “I have gradually improved and to win the event was amazing. I didn’t expect to win and to run a personal best as well was great.

“I have been running times of 10.9 and 10.8 consistently for a little while now, but to get 10.77 is another boost ahead of this weekend and gives me the confidence to go to Cardiff on Saturday and win.”

He has certainly set his sights high for his future in athletics, with a place at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on his agenda.

“Hopefully I can continue to improve my times and build on the form I have at this stage,” he added.

“The main aim for me is to try and get into the 2016 Olympic squad and I feel confident I can achieve that.”

Simon Elliot, Tairou’s head- teacher at Forest Gate Community School, said: “This was a fantastic achievement for an extremely polite and well-mannered young man.

“Kelvin has worked hard, not only in athletics but also in his studies. He is set to leave school with a number of good GCSEs and we all hope his success continues to grow.”

His achievements on the day didn’t end there as he was also part of the Essex inter-boys 4x100m relay team which took gold to add to his earlier individual success.

There were also personal best times for two of Tairou’s Newham & Essex Beagles club-mates at the English Schools Championships.

Essex’s Holly Thomas finished third in the girl’s 100m hurdles, crossing the line in 14.33 and 17-year-old Eleanor Bounds ran the 1,500m steeplechase in a new best time of 5.16.47 to place seventh.

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