Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Q & A; ATHLETICS; His Upbringing Was Very Tough and He Nearly Joined the Army but Now Sprinter Is about to Compete on Home Soil for the First Time as a World Champion

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Q & A; ATHLETICS; His Upbringing Was Very Tough and He Nearly Joined the Army but Now Sprinter Is about to Compete on Home Soil for the First Time as a World Champion

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Byline: RICHARD KILTY

What will it feel like to be announced as a world champion on British soil for the first time at the BT Great CityGames in Manchester tomorrow? It'll be great. There's no pressure on me as I'm in a heavy block of training right now but it's a chance for spectators to get close for free and find out what this event is all about. I just want to go out there and put on a show [over 100m]. I love the fact that I'm a world champion [having won the 60m World Indoors title in March] but I try not to think about it too much. I've never been in that position before and I've always been hungry before not having anything. I want to keep that hunger.

Do you ever worry that having been crowned world champion your hunger will diminish? I don't think so. I've tasted success and I want more of it. Winning in Sopot [Poland] was the best feeling in my life, I want to have it again. I don't think I'll lose focus as I want a successful career, not just one race. When the journey ends, I want to have a couple more medals. I was unlucky to not make it to London 2012 and I'd dearly love to get an Olympic medal at the 100m or 200m. I need to make sure I fulfil my potential.

Getting to the top has been a struggle for you. So how does it feel to finally get there? I don't have to worry now as I'm finally making a living. I'm able to think about buying a car or a house and not worry too much about money for the next couple of years. It's just a huge relief. I couldn't afford running spikes before, actually I couldn't afford anything. Now there is money in the bank.

Having spoken about your family's dire financial conditions when you were young, do you worry you might have gone down the wrong path? From the background I've come from, easily. Friends and family have gone down the wrong path in the past, my Dad, Kevin, included. He knew how challenging it was to keep me on the right path and, without him, I couldn't have done it. …

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