Q:  The first time I ever saw you compete was at World Jrs 2006, tell us how you felt before the games and your emotions after ? were you satisfied ?

A:    In 2006 I was lucky enough to go to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne which was a brilliant experience, I ran well and achieved my target of running a British Junior Record but ultimately missed out on a medal. Beijing was a different adventure, I went there as the favourite which was new to me and in the final I focused on running 44 seconds rather than winning the race and came third. I learnt the lesson that championships are a place to do business and win races, not experiment with race plans.


Q:  What goals have you set for yourself in this Olympic Year and do you know when you will be opening your season in the 400m ? 

A:   Olympic years are always exciting, in 2008 the whole experience was new and exciting, 2012 was stressful being a home games but training has gone well for me so far. I just want to stay injury free and build upon my personal best from last year, the 400m is the strongest its been for a long time so I just want to be in a position to compete with the best and continue enjoying it.



Q:  Do you believe that British athletes should be free to be vocal about details to the point where it crosses a line or should they be held to a different standard as they are supposed to be role models ?  (In reference to multiple controversial statements made by Richard Kilty over the last few years )  http://fittish.deadspin.com/british-sprinter-kilty-your-mom-will-have-lactic-in-h-1581097433



A:   Athletes are entitled to a voice, choosing how to use it is up the individual. Being honest is something I take pride in but self restraint is important, now I am a father I have to make smarter decisions, be it on twitter or at home, I’m a role model to my son.


Q:  On a more personal note, congrats on the birth of your son. Do you want more kids or is one enough for now ? 

A:  Thanks, I’m from a big family so my wife and I would like to have at least one more, we just need to plan it around the season better so I can make the birth!

Q:   What do you enjoy doing when you're not on the track ?

A:   
I’m a simple guy, I love spending time with my family, I live in one of the nicest parts of the England so I love walking my dog, what I really need to do is go back to Uni and study!


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