William Sharman has his sights firmly set on the Commonwealth Games following a successful dry-run at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix at Hampden Park.
The 29-year-old, who grew up in Corby, stormed to victory in the 110m hurdles in a personal best time of 13.21 seconds, holding off challenges from world bronze medallist Sergey Shubenkov and the fastest man in the world this year, Jamaican Hansley Parchment.
Sharman’s victory couldn’t have been better timed nor better placed considering he will be back out on the Hampden Park track in a little over a fortnight’s time for another shot at the Commonwealth Games title.
And while acknowledging he can do nothing to control the performances of his rivals, Sharman has faith in his own ability that he can improve on the Commonwealth Games silver secured four years ago in Delhi.
“All I can do is just hope to perform to the best of my ability when I return here for the Games and see if it is going to be good enough on the day,” said Sharman, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series.
“The track is brilliant. It was nice to get out there and get a feel for it because I found it difficult in the warm-up area.
“I haven’t run on a track like this all year, so it does feel slightly different when you are trying to get your range with the hurdles.
“But it was a good dry run and I am on the right track and hopefully I can come back and climb the Commonwealth Games podium again – that’s the aim anyway.”
Several of Sharman’s rivals face a final training block ahead of their return to Scotland in a last-ditch effort to iron out any issues and tweak their respective race plans.
However, he feels his preparation is best served on the track and will squeeze in a run at Horse Guards Parade this weekend at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games before jetting back north.
“I’m running at Horse Guards Parade, and then I’ll be back in Glasgow,” added Sharman. “I feel that a race environment brings the best out of me.
“I don’t know what is going to happen at the Commonwealth Games, there are some absolutely great competitors there. People with faster times than me, but I will give it my all.”
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