Magazine article Geographical

Fighting Fit

Magazine article Geographical

Fighting Fit

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Geographical finds out how sprinter Ed White puts his best foot forward

Most boys aspire to become train drivers or astronauts but Ed White always knew he wanted to be a sprinter. He still has a scar on his head from his very first race which he ran at the age of two against his big sister. He won but ran so fast he didn't quite stop when he reached the railings at the end of the garden.

Now aged 25, Ed could be Britain's next hope for the 200 metres at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Currently ranked in the country's top ten 200-metre sprinters, he competes this month in Birmingham for the title of British champion. A top-three position will earn him a place in the British team.

"If I win it will open many doors," he says. "1 would go to the world championships in Seville and get a sponsorship deal with a top sports company"

So how fit do you have to be to be a top sprinter? Ed trains for three or fours hours each day, six days a week. In the summer he's out on the track most evenings, while in the winter he splits training sessions between running and going to the gym. …

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