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David Omoregie July 2015: New beginningsJuly 13, 2015
The newly-crowned European under-23 sprint hurdles champion gives the RPMF an update on his season
David Omoregie was one of five athletes to receive a Jean Pickering Olympic Scholarship in 2014. He is currently in Tallinn where he has won a gold medal in the 110m hurdles at the European Under-23 Championships. Before he travelled to the championships the 19-year-old gave the RPMF an update on his year so far:
“The year 2015 for me so far has been about new beginnings. I have fully relocated to Loughborough to train at the HiPAC with my new coach Benke Blomkvist. This all came about as a result of my old coach Mike quitting coaching all together around December 2014. Of course this was a very stressful time as we were just heading into the indoor season with our last phase of our winter training and it left me unsure of what I was going to do in terms of university. I later withdrew from Cardiff University and now plan on starting university in Loughborough this coming September.
“Despite these setbacks the indoor season went well and I managed to run a PB of 7.71 in the 60m hurdles, win silver at the British Indoor Championships and eventually make the team for the European Indoor Championships where I managed to make the semi finals. Although I did achieve all that I am someone with high expectations and I still wanted to run faster and maybe do better at the European Indoors. It has made me realise that I am still young and I have found that becoming a senior athlete is about being patient and having faith and belief in yourself and that what you’re doing will get you to where you want to be in time.
“Since joining Benke I have enjoyed my new training programme, new training set up and also training alongside 2011 world champion Dai Greene and European and Commonwealth silver medalist William Sharman. Training alongside these guys I’ve been able to understand how world class athletes conduct themselves and have tried to pick up on many things which I hope will be a portion of what might help me get to where I want to be in the future. My training focus since being with Benke has been a lot more on improving my efficiency over the hurdles, for example my frequency between the hurdles and bringing through my trail leg faster which I have noticed has started to come together and of course will allow me to run faster in the future.
“So far my season has started well and in each race I have progressively got faster. Recently I managed to run a season’s best of 13.55 at the Mannheim Junioren Gala. I was really happy with this performance as there were still a lot of things to pick up specifically towards the end part of my race which over the more races I have will get better and hopefully drop my time.
“This season my goal is to really progress from a great year last year by winning a medal at the European Under-23 Championships and performing well there. I see this year as a transition year and a learning year where I hope to gain experience ahead of next year and the Olympics for which I hope to make the team.”
You can read about David’s gold medal-winning performance in Tallinn here.