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Prescod ditches video consoles and fast-food apps as he seeks to bounce back from Olympic setback

British sprinter Reece Prescod ditches video consoles and fast food apps as he tries to bounce back from his Olympic setback and finally compete against the ‘big boys’

  • Reece Prescod put the pressure on him when he bombed in Tokyo
  • The 26-year-old was a raging mystery within British athletics
  • His 9.93 second run in Ostrava last month put him in fourth place on the UK’s all-time list
  • Now he has launched a ‘rebrand’ to take advantage of his immense talent

Reece Prescod is confident he will finally live up to his talent after ditching his video consoles and fast food apps.

The 26-year-old has been a puzzling enigma within British athletics as he has so far failed to capitalize on his immense potential through a series of injuries and self-inflicted problems, including an aborted move to America before showing up for last year’s Olympics. summer. tastes eight kilograms overweight.

He ended up bombing the Tokyo Games with a false start in the semi-finals, but is finally showing signs of turning a corner for the national championships, which kick off in Manchester on Friday.

Reece Prescod let the pressure come on him when he bombed out of the Tokyo Games

Reece Prescod let the pressure come on him when he bombed out of the Tokyo Games

His improving form will be one of the main focuses this weekend, not least as he approaches Linford Christie’s British record of 9.88 seconds, with Prescod’s run of 9.93 seconds in Ostrava last month, taking him fourth. on the all-time UK list. The hope is that it will not turn out to be yet another false dawn in his career.

Prescod said, “This year is a rebrand. I start again. I consider the rankings to be the Premier League. I’m like West Ham and I’m just trying to climb my way back to the number 1 spot in the UK. Then it’s Champions League, competing against all the big boys. I’m trying to go back to where I was before.’

He added: “I don’t think I was in a good place mentally to even perform in the Olympics. Looking at it, everything went a bit wrong prior to the Champs, prior to the whole year, with injuries. I wasn’t ready for the whole Olympic experience and I think I let all the pressure control me.

The 26-year-old enigma is convinced that he can finally realize his immense talent

The 26-year-old enigma is convinced that he can finally realize his immense talent

“When I came back, I sat down with my coach and drew up a three or four-year plan. You are at the bottom of the pile, you have to work your way up.

“Gaming made me wonder why I was playing it anyway, if that makes sense? Was it because I really enjoyed playing the game, or was it because I was really just mad about everything that was going on — and just wanted to drown myself and just play games and eat and stuff like that? I used the PS5 to distract myself. But I think once a PS5 went, it freed up a lot of time.

“I was obviously using Deliveroo and that sort of thing with my food. Now I have weekly weigh-ins, which is good. It’s just any area I need to improve slowly. Looking at it now, I’m 26 and probably still have one Olympic cycle to go. The talent is still there. I just have to bring out the best myself.’

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