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Can Kilty join sprinting elite?

Richard Kilty beat his fist to his chest like a super-charged Tarzan as he celebrated becoming 60m World Indoor champion. London: The man who bills himself as the “Teesside Tornado”
13 Mar 2014 14:42

Richard Kilty beat his fist to his chest like a super-charged Tarzan as he celebrated becoming 60m World Indoor champion.
London: The man who bills himself as the “Teesside Tornado” had blown away his more illustrious opponents in a lifetime best 6.49 seconds. He was enjoying the limelight and understandably so after being overlooked by Team GB selectors during the past 18 months.
In the 48 hours that followed his surprise victory, the relatively unknown 24-year-old talked of his “difficult years”, of those months when he had no coach, no money and no hope. Now though, he proclaimed, he had “proved everybody wrong”.
Kilty speaks about a brighter future, of winning medals and becoming the second white man to dip under the 10-second barrier (after Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre first did so in 2010).
But will his triumph in Poland be the springboard to success in the great outdoors? Can the once-troubled sprinter from Stockton transfer his speed to the 100m, his sport’s show-stopping event?
Jason Gardener, the 60m World Indoor champion in 2004, says interesting times are ahead for the sprinter who must now prove he is the real deal.
“He’s going to have expectation and pressure put on his shoulders, by himself and by others, because he is world champion,” Gardener, one of only four Britons to dip under 10 seconds, told BBC Sport.
“When you are world champion, people want to beat you, but what we have seen from Richard is very impressive. I’m very impressed with how he handles himself.
– BBC Sports




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