Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kilty's Quick to Make Friendly Impression

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kilty's Quick to Make Friendly Impression

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Byline: INSIDE TRACK Athletics news with Bill McGuirk

RICHARD KILTY made a lot of new friends last weekend - just days after returning from the Moscow World Championships.

It was not just his performances on the Gateshead Stadium track which attracted many new admirers - but the way he conducted himself throughout a long afternoon of competition during Gateshead Harriers' Tartan Games fixture.

The Gateshead athlete competed in the 100 metres and 200 metres and in between each race spent most of the time signing autographs and having his picture taken with young and old alike.

All the time he had a smile on his face as wide as the Tyne and it did not let up until the meeting concluded as he was one of last people to exit the stadium.

Kilty's 10.34secs for the 100m and 20.54s for the 200m had the packed main stand on their feet.

He was delighted with the applause he received, for it was at the same venue and same Tartan Games fixture he kicked off his running career.

Kilty, who celebrates his 24th birthday on Sunday, said: "It was in 2000 I won the under-11 60 metres at the Tartan Games and I will never forget it as it kick-started my interest in athletics 13 years ago.

"I have to say it was refreshing to see so many youngsters taking part and it would be better still to see many of them still competing in 13 years time.'' Kilty looked much more relaxed competing in a relatively low-key meeting than the last time he lined up at the International Stadium two months previously, when he took his place in the GB team for the European Team Championships. On that occasion he felt he let himself and everyone else down by running a relatively 'slow' time of 10.54s - though that was into a strong dreaded Gateshead headwind. Since then he has appeared on the world stage in Russia - where he ran the first leg in the heats of the 4x100m relay, helping the Great Britain team make it into the final.

Even though he was not selected for that final, he was in line to pick up a bronze medal after the team finished third behind Jamaica and the United States. …

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