Kilty determined to address issues after poor show

CHAMBERS VICTORY: Dwain Chambers celebrates his 100m victory while Middlesbrough’s Richard Kilty, not pictured, finished fourth in the event in Birmingham yesterday

CHAMBERS VICTORY: Dwain Chambers celebrates his 100m victory while Middlesbrough’s Richard Kilty, not pictured, finished fourth in the event in Birmingham yesterday

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RICHARD Kilty admits there are clearly issues he needs to work on in training after finishing fourth in the 100m at the Sainsbury’s British Championships.

The 24-year-old was all the talk of British sprinting back in March when he was crowned world indoor champion over 60m in Sopot, Poland.

But since then the Teesside Tornado has struggled to replicate his form outdoors, his performance in Birmingham further evidence of that.

Dwain Chambers claimed his seventh British 100m title, coming home in 10.12 seconds from Harry Aikines- Aryeetey in second and Chijindu Ujah in third.

Kilty’s time of 10.25 was 0.13 seconds down on his season’s best and he insisted the result has left him questioning his training methods.

“That was terrible. In the semi-final and the heats I was relaxed and comfortable but in the final I just didn’t get out the blocks,” said Kilty, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series.

“I am not running as quickly as I was indoors and I am not getting anywhere near to 60m as quick as I was indoors so I need to sort it out.

“I need to go back and work something out with my training as there has to be something wrong there if I am not running like I was indoors.”

Kilty’s performances this season have earned him a spot on England’s team at the Commonwealth Games, where he will run the individual 100m.

But his current issues have been apparent for some time, with Kilty admitting something must change in time for Glasgow.

“I have been trying to figure it out for the last few months,” he added. “I am coming fourth or fifth to 60m in that field where indoors I was beating them to it by two tenths so I know something’s clearly wrong.”

Meanwhile, Chambers admitted his career would have been all but over if his young rivals had ended his reign as British 100 metres champion yesterday.

“Earlier in the season, things weren’t going well and, if it didn’t go well today, I knew it was done,” said Chambers. “I would have had to seriously review my situation.”

“You could say I was running for my career. I was running for everything. I wanted to still compete this year, I was running for the opportunity to compete.

“Doubts do cross your mind, but you have to learn to just remove them. When that gun went bang everything disappeared. I just ran – and it worked out.

“Experience again paid off, something I’ve got in abundance.

And I’ve still got a little bit of ability in my body.

“I knew the pressure with the youngsters, I knew, with CJ having already run 9.96, there was a lot of pressure on me.”

The British team for the Europeans will be selected on July 14 and named the following day.

Sainsbury’s is proud to support British Athletics through the Summer Series events. For more information visit sainsburys.co.uk/legacy

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