Constructing his manner again to health after damage, the 6ft three Londoner has fully modified his life in pursuit of attaining sporting glory.
From European silver medal success again in 2018 to a private finest time of 9.94 secs in Birmingham later that yr, Prescod has all the instruments to grow to be a constant drive on the international stage.
The 23-year-previous is the fourth-fastest GB sprinter of all time and could be many peoples tip to qualify for a 100m ultimate if the Olympic Video games have been to occur tomorrow.
And with Tokyo simply 5 months away, Prescods sole focus is getting his physique again to prime situation once more after injuring his hamstring at the Diamond League in Oslo final June.
“The priority is conditioning. As long as my body is in the right place, I can do what I need to do it. I tell my team ‘get me to the line, conditioned and I’ll take care of the rest’,” he informed Sport360 at the World Faculty Video games in Dubai final week.
That’s half the factor about athletics, you recognize you are able to do one thing however it’s whether or not your physique permits you to do it or not.
“I do know what my physique is succesful of. It’s simply getting again into that place. It’s simply discovering the coaching to get again into that place. With the hamstring, you want to situation it effectively. You possibly can’t simply return to the place you have been earlier than. Rebuild sluggish to quick.
In fact, between all the preventing discuss and his willpower for fulfillment, the dream was almost over earlier than it began.
After three years of successive accidents, the Walthamstow native almost jacked it in to grow to be an property agent. Again to a life the place he wouldnt have to cope with the heartbreak of rehabbing niggles and sore muscle tissue.
“I like property and the thought of working my way up in things. A lot of my friends are doing it at the moment. They started selling off rentals and then moving up. It was something that I wanted to do,” he stated.
“But luckily, I did one race at 20.7 secs and I got a Nike junior contract off the back of it. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have continued. I was working three jobs at the time. I’ve always been a grafter. I’ve never been someone to sit at home.”
Prescod labored at an area Homebase, stacking cabinets and providing DIY recommendation to clients.
He additionally labored as a barman at Woolston Manor Golf Course & Nation Membership in Chigwell till the early hours of the morning. Not perfect when he was due at the observe for coaching at 9am most days.
In between jobs at Homebase and the golf membership, he did some private coaching for buddies, balancing his coaching with hours in the health club to helpfund his life.
It was solely when Nike provided him a two-yr junior contract that he might truly dedicate himself absolutely to operating.
“It was then, from that point, I finished third at Olympic trials as a 20-year-old. That was probably my last 200m. I changed then to 100m and that was interesting. I ran my first 100m for the first time in two years in a time of 10.30 secs,” he stated.
“Ten days later I ran once more in 10.04 secs. Almost sub-10 and that’s Olympic commonplace. Going into the 2017 World Championships, I made the ultimate and raced in opposition to Usain Bolt. It was insane. It was the final race of his profession.
“For me to start athletics and to get the opportunity to race against him before he retired is something that will always live with me.”
Making any comparability with Bolt is unfair on a younger athlete who remains to be proving his mettle at the highest stage.
A decade in the past, Prescods tall and lean body would have been deemed good for a 400m runner, however Bolt restructured the template for the modern-day sprinter.
His tendency to begin sluggish and end quick is comparable to Bolt. Throughout the 2018 season, for instance, the North London man modified his begin 5 instances. Little tweaks to enable him not to leak any beneficial time.
It’s one thing that continues to be a piece in progress for Prescod with a brand new and improved begin serving to him to grow to be extra productive at earlier levels of the race.
“My start was criticised and I’ve turned it into one of my strengths now. I’ve more focus on the start and I don’t really care about the end result as much anymore. Because I know if my start is right, then I’m in the race. If my start isn’t right, it will be a long day,” stated Prescod.
“It’s technical. You can begin along with your head a bit extra ahead or a bit extra up. You can begin your arms huge or slender. You can begin actually brief and crunched up or with loads of area. You possibly can put your blocks in so many various positions so it’s about discovering totally different types. Ideally, you need the proper projection angle in your block to ship you ahead.
“Some folks could be up too excessive or too low. Popping out excessive is nice since you’ve acquired loads of area. However you could pop up too excessive and lose the acceleration. Developing too low you would possibly fall flat on your face. Nonetheless, if you’ll find that center and the candy spot, then you may shoot ahead.
“We’ve got data and analysis where you can see that if I come out at the right angle I don’t leak any speed. I come out perfectly to run a faster time. When we do the measurements on the timing gaits, I could run 1.62/1.63 on average. If I fix my start I can go 1.50-1.55. Small change can change a whole timing.”
In 2018, just some months after ending seventh in Bolt’s farewell race in London, Prescod gained silver at the EuropeanChampionships in Berlin, sealed his first Diamond League victory in Shanghai by beating world champion Christian Coleman and ducked underneath 10 seconds on 4 events.
He would additionally set a brand new private finest time of 9.94 secs in Birmingham, placing him in the worlds prime 10 sprinters of that yr.
Final season, he began in promising style with a private finest of 6.53 secs over 60m in Berlin.In the100m, he clocked 9.97 secs in Shanghai to place fourth.
Indicators of progress have been exhibiting till he injured his hamstring whereas contesting the 100m in Oslo and he’s not raced since.
The damage would see him miss out on the World Championships in Qatar the place he was rated as having an outdoor shot at a medal.
Months have handed since his damage and the hamstring is firing once more. He’s stepping up his coaching with Tokyo desires in thoughts. The head of any athletes profession.
Speak of the Olympics will at all times fall his manner with the yr thats in it. He might make it to the begin line in glowing type, however it all relies upon on how the physique reacts over the subsequent few months. He wants to end in the prime two at the British Championships on June 20.
“I’ve achieved 600s, 500s and now I’m at a 400 stage. I need to convey it down slowly. I’ve acquired to maintain operating, lengthy and then get sooner and sooner week by week, he stated.
“I have to get my body used to moving again. The more miles I can get in my legs, the greater. If your fit, and you’ve got your power and strength, then you’ll run fast. I’m feeling pretty decent now to be fair.”
Britain has had 4 mens 100m Olympic champions over the years – Reggie Walker (1908), Harold Abrahams (1924), Allan Wells (1980) and Linford Christie (1992).
Christie, who retired from worldwide competitors in 1997, stays the quickest man to put on GB colors. His file of 9.87 secs from Stuttgart in 1993 is the benchmark and has but to be threatened.
Prescod has a 9.94 secs private finest (9.88 wind assisted) and breaking Christies 27-year file is a key profession goal earlier than he hangs up his spikes.
“Before I finish, definitely. As long as the body stays good. It should be all good. I’m getting there,” stated Prescod.
“(In terms of general goals) I make a list: am I eating alright, sleeping alright, drinking enough water, good therapy, training, strength, power, endurance, core balance. I make a list and I’ll review that list every couple of weeks. You’ve always got to be planning and ready to go.”
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