DEEPING hurdler Julz Adeniran has recorded a personal best (PB) in each of his last five meetings and if he can maintain his progress this summer there is no reason why he can’t earn a dream ticket to the London Olympics.
It’s certainly a case of high fives for the 23 year-old who has competed in five meetings since his season opener - where he recorded two wins at the Loughborough Students Open - and has improved his PB every time.
Adeniran, the highest-ranked hurdler not to be receiving Lottery funding, is desperate to gain sponsorship to boost his hopes of competing on the world’s biggest sporting stage and he is certainly making people sit up and notice with his performances.
He’s been testing himself in high quality meetings and has come up with the goods every time.
Adeniran’s latest PB came when he rubbed shoulders with some of the athletes he’s hoping to face again at the Olympics.
He finished seventh in his heat at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham, taking three hundredths of a second off his six day-old PB to record 7.71.
Seventh place might not sound that impressive but Adeniran did find himself up against likes of Olympic champion Dayron Robles, former world junior champion Aries Merritt, ex-World Athletics Final runner-up Dexter Faulk, UK 110m hurdles champion Lawrence Clarke and twice European bronze medallist Emanuel Abate.
Although not making the final, which was won by former world and Olympic champion Liu Xiang, Adeniran was delighted to make further progress.
“It was a great way to cap a very pleasing indoor season. Five PBs in five meetings, I can’t ask for more than that,” he beamed.
“It was a strong line-up, the strongest I’ve ever faced, and it was a prestigous meeting so in some ways you could say it was the biggest race of my life and I rose to the occasion to run a PB.
“It was my final indoor race of the winter so now it’s a case of heavy training to prepare for the outdoor season.
“My training group is going to Italy for warm weather in April and I’m really hoping to go as it would give me everything I need to prepare for the season but it will cost £1,200 so it all depends of whether I can get sponsorship.
“Ideally, I’ll train in Italy then come back to open my season at the end of April. Last year the national championships were on July 31 but this year they’re on June 24 which is ridiculously early.
“It’s going to be a condensed season but I’m very hopeful it will include an appearance at the Olympics.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Adeniran can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Adeniran visit his website www.julzadeniran.com
n SPALDING-BASED English international Emily Moss looks set to miss this weekend’s British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Indoor Championships in Sheffield after pulling a leg muscle in training.
She said: “I’m pretty disappointed to say the least as I was going really well.
“I just want to get my leg better and get back training well in order to prepare for the outdoor season.”