Preparing for the 2020 season

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  1. mastermulti

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    John Gikas
    "Though his short career in athletics, John Gikas (UNSW) has shown grimaces of brilliance. In 2016 aged 17, he clocked a 10.37 100m with an illegal wind of just 2.4m/s. In January 2018 he ran 20.43 for 200m again with an illegal wind of 3.1m/s, but he did defeat Olympian Alex Hartmann. Gikas’ time was the fastest junior time (all wind conditions) ever was also the fastest by a senior athlete for 12 years. In October he ran his first serious 400m clocking 48.26 on debut, but yesterday in Sydney he destroyed his PB, clocking 45.87 – just the second fastest Australian for seven years, behind training partner, Steven Solomon, in the Penny Gillies squad.
    The modest University student was taking a measured approach to his breakthrough performance"

    Here's hoping to see him with a breakthrough season now he's 20
     
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    Interesting prospect Gikas ......just 17 yrs ......I piece of advice I would give him is enjoy it .....run fast because you can ,,,express yourself on the track , don't get caught up in times or beating opponents .....enjoy it ...like a cheetah expresses himself during the hunt .........
     
  3. greyghost

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    Now at 20 yrs ...ready for break through ?
     
  4. mastermulti

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    a breakthrough in consistency would be fine.
    A breakthrough in his 400 time to sub 45 would be my wish with Tokyo coming up end of July?
    Steve Solomon did a high 44 at 19 to reach the London Olympic final but hasn't reached it since (studies in medicine and injuries)
     
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    Filippo Tortu preparing for the Olympics and a record breaking season! Link with video at the bottom of this article. Viva Italia!:)

    Exclusively, the 100-meter Italian record holder analyzes his career so far, always accompanied by a single conviction: "Every time you get on the track you have to do it to win"

    Be special, normal. Filippo Tortu, Italian record holder in the 100 meters, has been told about Sky microphones. And he showed all the simplicity that an athlete, who excels nationally, can have. "I have always felt inside the desire to go strong, to go under 10 '', since I was a boy. And I realized that I was seen as a surprise in the early years. When I came second in the World Cup it was a surprise for everyone , but from what I had dreamed of it to me it seemed obvious ".

    A path, that of Tortu, also made difficult, like when he got fractures exposed to both arms at the Beijing Olympics: "It was not easy to have two broken arms. In China, on the other side of the world. I needed a hand for everything, even to pack my suitcase, because I had to go back to work on it. That year I started the third high school, I changed schools, so I presented myself with my arms like that (laughs).

    A fall followed by several revenge. Like, for example, the one held in 2016 at the junior world championships, where Filippo managed to finish second, rivaling the Americans and the Caribbean: "I arrived not with the best accreditation, the goal was a final. But I already had the desire of winning and beating everybody. I finished second, it was a big result but it left a bitter taste in my mouth. I was aware it was a good result, but I wanted something more. From there I knew I could play it with anyone. If you start defeated there is no way to beat the others. I still train to always give my best ".



    The special "Ready, departure, Tortu", a long exclusive interview by Nicola Roggero, is broadcast on Sky Sport Arena and available on demand.


    https://sport.sky.it/altri-sport/atletica/2019/12/11/atletica-filippo-tortu-intervista
     
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