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Tim Leathart aims for relay spot

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1 Tim Leathart aims for relay spot on Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:34 pm



Leathart targets Olympic athletics

by Torin Chen
North Shore Times
2 Feb 2012

Tim Leathart sprints
at Bannockburn Oval, Pymble.

TIM Leathart is sprinting towards an Olympics dream after spending a lengthy period on the sidelines with a foot injury.

Leathart, 20, of Pymble, can clinch a place in the Australian men’s 4x100m relay team at the Olympic Games in London with a slick run at next month’s Olympics qualifying trials in Melbourne.

The former Knox Grammar School student heads into the trials with a personal best time of 10.46sec, set at last month’s Adelaide Track Classic.

He needs a top two finish to win a place in the individual 100m race, while a top five placing will earn him a relay spot. The North Shore flyer predicts a time of
10.3sec or a low 10.4sec will be enough to secure a place in the relay squad.

``It would be a massive bonus to get an individual spot but, realistically, I won’t get close,’’ he said.

``I just want to grab a relay spot. I’d just like to get involved in the relay.’‘

Despite starring for Knox at the CAS level, Leathart did not consider himself a top sprinter until he broke the 11sec barrier for the first time when he clocked 10.87sec in 2009.

At last month’s Hunter Track Classic, he notched up his third win from four races when he won the 100m in 10.57sec.

After suffering a stress fracture in his right foot last year which kept him sidelined for several months, Leathart is relieved just to be back on the track.

Despite fearing his Olympic dream was over, he returned to training in October.

“I was thinking, why did it happen to me at this stage?” he said.

“But I told myself to keep believing.

“For anyone in their sport, getting to the Olympics is the pinnacle of what you want to get to.

“I’ve gone too close now to chuck it away and wait another four years.”

Leathart will race in the 100m at the Perth Track Classic on February 22 before heading down to Melbourne for the Olympic trials on March 2-3.

“I’ll just ramp up the training and trackwork in the week beforehand, then just taper off,” he said.

“Hopefully, I can run as quick as possible.”

Age: 20.
Suburb: Pymble.
Event: 100m.
PB: 10.46sec.

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