Saturday December 27, 05:12 PM
‘Bath Bullet’ Targets Title
European 60metres record holder Jason Gardener plans to make March’s World Championships the focal point of a full indoor season next year.
The 28-year-old two-time European champion will kickstart his season at an international meeting in Erfut on January 29.
Then, according to manager Robert Wagner, he will travel south to another German meeting, the much tougher Sparkassen Cup event in Stuttgart two days later.
“Jason is really looking forward to getting his teeth into another highly successful indoor season and Erfut is a meeting where he will be meeting strong opposition,” said Wagner.
“However Stuttgart is always one of the best in the world calendar and I’m sure his credentials will get him a place in the line-up there.”
For almost the last six years, the ‘Bath Bullet’ has been one of the most consistent 60m performers. Four years ago he shattered Linford Christie’s European record when winning the first of his two world indoor bronze medals.
Then, with preparations going well under the coaching of Malcolm Arnold who steered the highly successful career of Colin Jackson, Gardener will complete his build-up to the world championships in Budapest next March.
“The worlds remain the major challenge for him during the winter,” said Wagner.
“He was a little disappointed to be pushed into the bronze-medal position in Birmingham this March (in the 2003 championships) but this has only made him even more determined to perform even better in Budapest.”
After injury ruined his summer season and ended his hopes of making the Norwich Union GB World Championships team, Gardener is physically right for the Olympic year.
Wagner added: "Jason has never lost his enthusiasm for athletics although he was obviously upset when he did not make the British side for Paris.
“Believe me, he’ll bounce back and a good start indoors is just the sort of thing he will need in his preparations for Athens.”
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With Dwain Cambers unable to compete ( at least at present ) the question again around Jasons lack of success in transition to the 100m comes under the spotlight -
he’s the UK’s only other sprinter under 10 secs in recent years - what would be the best way to ‘fix’ Jason if he were coached by some of venerable coaches on this forum ?
Charlie - anyone ?