UK champion Nigel Levine targeting world indoor titles
British indoor 400m champion Nigel Levine is aiming to win two medals at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul
Nigel Levine is targeting a double medal hunt at the World Indoor Championships in Turkey after a making dream start to Olympic year.
Levine booked his spot on the plane to Istanbul by taking his second consecutive 400m Indoor UK Trials & Championship title in Sheffield earlier this month.
And the 22-year-old proved that run was far from a fluke by clocking a new personal best of 45.71 seconds on the way to victory at the Birmingham Grand Prix a week later.
As a result the former Bedford & County AC sprinter will arrive at next month’s World Indoor Championships with his confidence sky high and with two medal pursuits on his to-do list.
“Winning the UK Trials was good and it was good for me to retain that title and hopefully I can take that on to the World Championships now,” said Levine – who will run individually in the 400m as well as form part of Britain’s 4x400m relay team.
“It was a good feeling to maintain a senior title and get the qualifying time for the World Indoor Championships as well.
“A success at the worlds would be getting a medal in the individual and then winning gold in the relay as well because we have got a real strong relay team this year.
“We have got a stronger team than last year and the year before that so I am pretty positive about it.
“Istanbul will be a great chance to get an individual spot on a world stage and get that taste and experience to get myself prepared for 2012 really.
“I am just taking each day as it comes at the minute and looking to hopefully stay healthy and not look too far ahead to London 2012.”
After forming one part of the 4x400m relay team that finished seventh in the outdoor World Championship final in Daegu last September Levine overhauled his training regime to work with former Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie.
And after his near-flawless start to 2012 Levine believes the influence of Christie, and his new training partners, fellow British 400m runners Conrad Williams, Richard Strachan and Luke Lennon-Ford, is already reaping huge benefits.
“I’ve been with ‘Team Christie’ since October and it has been going pretty well, obviously training with the likes of Conrad, Richard and Luke has been pretty good with Linford looking over us and helping us improve,” he added.
“Daegu was a great experience running with the seniors and knowing how they prep and learn how to do things and how to get ready for races.
“Running with them was a great experience and learning from them and bringing that back to England and hopefully improving on that.
“Everyone is trying to get that relay spot and I was lucky to be part of that relay team at the world champs in Daegu.
“It was a pretty young team, the oldest was only 25 and the youngest was 19 so it was good that we all got to run there.”
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