What do you hope to achieve at the next Olympics?
Well, first and foremost I just want to get back into the swing of things, do some training. It would be nice to win some medals because as a sportsman that’s what you want to do. I think now though it’s just a matter of looking at it on a daily basis and doing the best I can. I’m going to do what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years. For instance, I made it to the final in Berlin a few years ago, I’ve done running with the world’s best so if I can produce that and get into a final it’d be great. Once you’re in the final then anything can really happen. It’d be fantastic to shape up for a medal and even get a bronze medal.
What’s your best 400 metre record so far?
My best time is 44.77 seconds so hopefully I can approve on that with a couple of attempts. It’s not bad, but even a couple of Americans could beat you on that time.
What goes through your head at the start-line?
To be honest, nothing is going through my head. It’s all down to training and it becomes like a computer. All you need to do is turn it on and when the time comes, you just have to get out. I’ve done it so man times that I tend to just focus on the various stages of the race.
Do you think the 400 metre is one of the more difficult events?
A bit because the 400 metres is in the middle – it’s not the 100 metre sprint or like the endurance runs, but! I enjoy it.
Have you ever puked after a race?
Oh I’ve puked after training sessions. There was one time I was on my back for an hour after a sessions.
If you needed to puke halfway through, would you stop or keep going?
I’d probably just puke all over myself and keep going.
Who are your favourite athletes?
Well, growing up, the likes of Eamonn Coghlan and Sonia O’Sullivan and then the likes of Roy Keane and Muhammad Ali – basically anything that you can take inspiration from. Even Dervla would be an inspiration, even being Irish is inspiring to me.
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