Tokyo Olympics: Buddhism and meditation keep British sprinter CJ Ujah on the hunt for medals

Zen Buddhism and meditation sessions at 7am have helped British sprinter CJ Ujah to be ‘the most confident I’ve ever felt in my track career’ as he hunts for two Olympic medals in Tokyo

British sprinter CJ Ujah believes Zen Buddhism and morning meditation could make the difference as he hunts for two medals in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old was in danger of falling from the 100m card after a number of disappointing seasons in the wake of a stunning 2017, in which he won both the Diamond League title and a gold medal in the 4x100m world championships.

Injuries robbed him of a place on the 2019 worlds, but ahead of his two-pronged mission in the 100m and relay race here, he has declared himself “the most confident I’ve ever felt in my track career”.

CJ Ujah believes Zen Buddhism and meditation could be decisive in his pursuit of Olympic glory zijn

That has been achieved in part through 7am meditation sessions, which continued until his sojourn in the athletes’ village in Japan.

He said: ‘Since January I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and an audiobook that just looks at Zen Buddhism, that state of meditation.

“Those are things I kind of like and it helps me. It’s about staying calm in situations where it might not be so calm.

“I now spend a lot of time meditating and praying—those are the two things I do in the morning. Sometimes on the 100m and you think about it so much, so my time off the track is spent reading and just learning different things.”

Ujah (center) has declared himself 'the most confident I've ever felt in my job career'

Ujah (center) has declared himself ‘the most confident I’ve ever felt in my job career’

Ujah has shown promising form over the past two months but has yet to go under 10 seconds.

However, with the 100m wide open in Tokyo, he will have an edge shot at a medal before making a stronger claim in the relay.

He said, ‘This is probably the most confidence I felt in such a (relay race). I can honestly say that we are really only aiming for the gold medal. Any other medal will not be where we want what we want. And I firmly believe in these boys.’

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