William Sharman has already run a personal best this season but it is medals not times that the hurdler is focused on ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
Sharman has been in fantastic form this summer, clocking 13.21 seconds to finish runner-up at the European Team Championships last month before claiming victory in the 110m hurdles at the Sainsbury’s British Championships.
But with a high quality field awaiting him at Glasgow 2014 he is refusing to get hung up on tenths and hundredths of seconds and is instead concentrating on crossing the finish line first.
“I’m feeling fit and ready for the Games, I’ve been competing well, and all I can do is turn up to the competition and give it my all like I normally do,” said Sharman, who finished third at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games last weekend in 13.24.
“I tend not to set myself really specific goals because if you don’t achieve them you feel as though you’ve underachieved.
“What happens if there’s a thunder storm on the day, there’s puddles all over the track, you’re going for a particular time and you didn’t get it because the conditions didn’t allow you?
“So, I think the most important thing is to compete against the others around me, do my best and try and beat them.”
Despite being in the form of his life Sharman isn’t underestimating the quality of the opposition, singling out London 2012 bronze medallist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica as the biggest danger to him topping the podium.
But he also believes home advantage could play a part in helping his cause.
“It’s a competitive environment and that’s all I try and do, I try and win,” added Sharman.
“The Commonwealths this time round is full of immensely talented athletes – Hansle Parchement, who has run under 13secs in the 110m hurdles – which makes it very competitive and hopefully I can get amongst those guys.
“The spectators will normally cheer on British athletes and that’s going to be felt when you’re name is called out on the start line and the crowd really gets behind you, it’s going to give you that lift.”
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