Aikines-Aryeetey ready for a happy ending
As the race for London 2012 places heats to boiling point, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey reckons a story is ready to be made for the winner of next week’s Olympic Team GB 100m trials.
The 23-year-old Sutton & District sprinter continued his build up to the domestic blue ribbon event at Meeting Lille Metropole in Villeneuve D'Ascq, France, on Saturday, where he finished third in the men’s 100m final with a season’s best mark of 10.35 seconds.
Local favourite Jimmy Vicaut stormed to a 10.15 victory while Jamaica’s Ainsley Waugh, a winner in Montreuil a few days earlier, followed in 10.32. Fellow Brit Tyson Edgar came fourth.
“It was alright, my start wasn’t bad,” said Aikines-Aryeetey, a former youth and junior world 100m champion.
“I’ve learned a little lesson in this race which was to relax in the middle phase which helped because I was so far down, that brought me through a little bit.
“This was my third outing this season so I’m lacking races obviously, it was important for me to come here and get my legs going again and feel comfortable racing again.”
As the situation currently stands in regards to the UKA Olympic qualifying standard, only former footballer Adam Gemili and Croydon’s James Dasaolu have so far this season achieved the A mark of 10.18.
Aikines-Aryeetey has also achieved the A mark from last summer but admits he needs to do more improvements before the Trials on June 22 – 24 in Birmingham.
However, he is confident of clinching a London 2012 spot.
“I’ll say it will be one of the most hotly-contested events for a long time but we need to run a bit faster first," he added.
"People like Gemili and Dasaolu don’t need to run any faster obviously but I’m talking about the likes of myself, Simeon Williamson, Tyrone Edgar, Dwain Chambers, Mark-Lewis Francis who all of us need to run faster - but it’s coming.
“I don’t think it’s a fact about Gemili giving us all a kick up the backside to reach the qualifying time, he’s just reacted well to the Olympics.
"You will find a lot of the youngsters not just the men’s 100m have actually reacted really well during Olympic time.
"They are not trying to give us a kick up the bum, they are just trying to do what they are trying to do. It’s all up to us to step up I guess.
“These trials will be the story of a making. I guess it’s written for someone like Adam to come and win but in the same time it’s written for someone for Dwain to go and win it after what he’s gone through, it’s written for me to do it after so many injuries I’ve had.
“But fingers crossed everything will go my way. I’ll be confident and on a level playing field come the Trials."