City of Sheffield sprinter Imran Rahman believes 60m gold at this weekend’s BUCS Nationals can be the catalyst for a fresh start after an injury-hit beginning to 2015.
Going into the competition, held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Rahman had managed to compete at just two competitions this year after being hampered by a series of hamstring problems.
But he managed to shake off those issues as he sprinted to gold ahead of Elliot Dowson-Hurley of Leeds Beckett University and Loughborough’s Daniel Obeng.
His winning time of 6.79 seconds was a new 60m personal best, rounding off what had been a hugely successful first BUCS appearance.
“I had injuries at the start of the year. It was hamstring after hamstring. But that’s all done and I’m looking forward to outdoor now,” he said.
“I did the Birmingham Games and injured my hips and then it was my hamstring. I can do much better than this.
I had injuries at the start of the year. It was hamstring after hamstring. But that’s all done and I’m looking forward to outdoor now. I did the Birmingham Games and injured my hips and then it was my hamstring. I can do much better than this. So I’m glad with the time and being able to come away with a gold, it means a lot.City of Sheffield sprinter Imran Rahman
“So I’m glad with the time and being able to come away with a gold, it means a lot. I was just focusing on my own race, going through what my coaches were telling me to do.
“I’m just going to train hard now, get fit and hopefully hit the ground running in the outdoor season.”
Missing out on last year’s BUCS Nationals was a bitter pill to swallow for Rahman, knowing he could have run himself into the medals.
But having managed to get gold this time around he believes a new sense of purpose in training will see him add to his collection.
“Last year I didn’t do the indoor BUCS and I was really disappointed because I knew I could have got a medal,” he added.
“I am training four times a week now and it has definitely benefitted me, pushed me in the right direction and I know there is more to come.”
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