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Meet Reece Prescod, The Soon-To-Be World’s Fastest Man

The day Usain Bolt broke Olympic records by running a 100m race in 9.63 seconds is etched into everyone's memory forever. 

Fast forward six years to 2019, and a 22-year-old Reece Prescod is hot on his heels. Having trumped USA sprinter Justin Gatlin on the 100m track in Shanghai, Great Britain's Reece Prescod is already earning headlines and filling column inches as 'the next Usain Bolt'. 

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For now, it seems like it's unfair pressure. But it's not without reason — shortly after beating Gatlin, Prescod continued to turn heads (at whiplash speed) during Oregon's Prefontaine Classic, where he ran 100m in 9.88 seconds; a time that saw him a millisecond behind the British record set by Linford Christie in 2009. 

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The time, owing to high tailwinds, didn't count, but it left Prescod in considerably good stead. Below, he talks you through the comparisons, the training, injuries and much more. 

Reece Prescod on... beating Justin Gatlin

"He was just one of seven other guys in the race. My focus in the race is on my lane only and executing my race to the best of my abilities. I was out in lane 8 too so I didn’t really see the guys until it was over. I don’t think they saw me either! It was satisfying to get the win, that’s for sure."

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... on training for European Championships

"The training has been pretty much the same as last year’s build-up to the London World Champs. I need to be ready to run three rounds in four days so there has been a focus on strength as well as speed. I need to be ready to run my fastest race in the final, but the semi-final will be quick too."

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... on being compared to Usain Bolt 

"I don’t really acknowledge it to be honest. I think people look at me physically and how I run my races and compare us both. I just do my thing and get on with my job."

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... on his diet

"As part of my British Athletics support I have access to a nutritionist who gives me advice. I eat healthy but I don’t go crazy. 'Everything in moderation' is my motto."

... on getting through injuries

"I knew that I had what it took to be one of the best. I was just trying to do things that my body wasn’t ready for. I knew that with consistent training and good sports medical support I could get my body into a position to be able to handle the stresses I needed to put it through. Plus, I was still growing until recently but now my body has stabilised, so with luck and planning I can avoid serious injury going forward."

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... on rest days

"Sleep, my bed, social media & gaming. Maybe some TV watching and catching up with friends. I normally don’t have the energy for much during a training week but on a rest day I can do the kind of things normal people do in a day. As long as I remember that a rest day is part of training too and don’t do anything too crazy."

Reece Prescod

... on the next decade

"At the moment, the long-term goal is making the Olympic final in Tokyo. We tend to work in four year Olympic cycles, so we’re in the second year of four. Short term goal is to win the European Championships, then final/medal in Doha at the World Championships which will take us nicely into Olympic year. I think getting the frequency of my racing throughout the year correct is another goal.






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