William Sharman insists he will be a completely different prospect at the Commonwealth Games after leaving the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games less than satisfied.
Determined to improve on his Commonwealth 110m hurdles silver from Delhi 2010, Sharman headed to Horse Guards Parade on Sunday for some last-minute tweaking before Glasgow 2014.
And on paper it seemed like a success as Sharman came home in 13.24 seconds, the same time as world silver medallist Ryan Wilson although the American was deemed the winner on a photo finish.
Barbadian Shane Brathwaite also clocked 13.24 to push Sharman into third but, despite it being a third-fastest legal time of his season, he was far from happy with his performance in the capital.
However, the 29-year-old is vowing to not let lightning strike twice when he takes to the Hampden Park track for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“I wasn’t all that out there, I didn’t feel my usual self at all,” said Sharman, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series – events proudly backed by long-term supporter Sainsbury’s.
“But part and parcel of this competition was to use it as a training opportunity for the Commonwealth Games. So it is encouraging that I can still run 13.2 under physical stress.
“It is not about confidence for me, it is about going out there and doing my job and confidence doesn’t play a big part for me. I will be ready for Glasgow and I will be a different animal.”
Also playing their part as the Anniversary Games celebrated two years since the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics was Corby sprint hurdler Lucy Hatton.
But after finishing the women’s 110m hurdles B race in fourth with a time of 13.89 – her second slowest of 2014 – the 19-year-old admitted she needed to learn how to deal with the pressure on the big stage.
“That was my worst race of the year but you know it happens,” said Hatton. “From start to finish it was just bad but I have never been in front of a crowd that big and it was my first street race.
“I am still a baby compared to everyone so it is just down to experience, that is what I take away from it.”
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