Friday, 15 January 2016


While the public world of athletics becomes evermore embroiled in drug-related revelations, clean honest and hard-grafting athletes at Crystal Palace are reaping the rewards of good old fashioned hard work!

Trackspeed1-UK athletes competing indoors this month have almost all crucified their existing personal best times over 60 metres, and this despite no serious focus on an indoor season within their overall training programme!

Leading the way on improvement has been 21-year-old Sam Imoghiemhe, who joined the group in September with a modest lifetime best mark of 7.21 over the shortest sprint event. That got lowered in spectacular fashion to 7.07 on his first outing, but more was to come on Wednesday (13th Jan.)
Sam Imoghiemhe has reduced his 60m best time
by three tenths this winter already!
Competing on his 'home' track at Crystal Palace, he sped home to another massively improved time of 6.91s as one of the three fastest athletes at the entire meeting.

"Sam joined us, and I'm sure he won't mind me saying this, in rather 'raw' condition with a lot of technical issues," explained TS1 head coach John Powell.  "He still has many aspects of his running that need addressing, but he has been very focussed, has worked hard, and is rightly reaping the rewards for his efforts.

"It must be said that an open meeting at Crystal Palace is not like most.  The indoor track there can be as cold as it is outside, and so any good performances really are (very) good!"

Other athletes improving lifetime best marks have included Dean Hylton, Ishmael Smith-John, Nima Jam, Chaka Maillet, and Brandon Murray, a junior who has sliced almost two tenths off his previous best.

"This is without doubt one of the most motivated squads I have had in recent times," John went on, "and that is showing in their competitive performances.  It augurs really well for summer, although there is much more work to be done between now and then."

The group are in the midst of finalising plans for an elite group to travel to their annual pre-season training camp in Florida in March, but will first be focussing on the South of England Championships indoors this weekend (Sat 16th January) and the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley on 30/31st January.

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