McLaughlin looking to hit Euro jackpot

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 July 2013

Matt McLaughlin

Matt McLaughlin


Woodford Green AC’s Matt McLaughlin sets his sights on success in Italy.

Woodford Green’s Matt McLaughlin has gold in his sights after being selected for Great Britain & Northern Ireland for next week’s European Junior Championships in Italy.

The 18-year-old’s place was confirmed in the second wave of selections this week and continues his great year, having broken the 27-year-old British 1,500m indoor record in his first race of the season.

McLaughlin continues to improve and, boasting the fastest time of anyone set to compete in Rielti, he has high expectations of coming back with the gold medal around his neck.

“I am in it to win it. I have the quickest time of anyone at the event but it is my mindset to come back with the gold,” said McLaughlin.

The 1,500m is usually a tactical race, rather than fast at major events but after going through all possible scenarios with coach Ayo Falola, McLaughlin feels he is capable of pulling off the required performance.

“I have always done well when they have been tactical races before and I’m more than happy if it requires a late kick as well. Nothing will faze me.”

McLaughlin has seen a massive improvement over the last 18 months and he feels the hard work with Falola has paid off.

“I was surprised when I achieved the new indoor record but my coach wasn’t,” he added. “But since I have started working with Ayo the improvement has come along.

“I knew I had potential to run fast but since Ayo has come in I’ve put a lot more effort in and it has paid off so far.”

McLaughlin has set himself the target of Steve Cram’s 1,500m British record, while also medalling at the Olympic Games in Rio in three years’ time.

“I know if I’m in the right shape that Steve Cram’s record is there to be beaten,” he said. “The long-term goal is Rio and I don’t just want to go there to make up the numbers, I want to go there and compete for a medal. I see no reason why I can’t.”

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