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Champ Kilty thanks dad for keeping him on track


Photo: IAAF

The ‘Teeside Tornado’ thanks his dad for keeping him on track after his victory at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.

“I was considering going into the army and trying to fund myself that way… as I had no forms of income,” he said in Poland after his unexpected victory on Saturday. “I was training twice a week, I had no income. I couldn’t even afford to go to the track. By myself in the cold and rain, no funding, no one to help me out there.”

Kilty lost his funding at the end of 2012 after failing to qualify for the Olympics even through he had achieved the ‘A’ standard qualifying time. The ‘Teeside Tornado’ lodged an appeal but it was rejected.

After winning gold in Sopot and proving many of his critics wrong, he now plans to build on his success and has his eyes firming set on breaking the formidable 10 second barrier.

“I think I can run nine seconds,” said Kilty. “I’m not going to say I’m going to do it this year or next year but within my career I can run well into nine seconds. I know that’s a pretty big statement with my skin colour but I wouldn’t mind being the next man to break 10 seconds.”