Julz Adeniran faces a race against time if he's to make this summer's Olympics but the hurdler insists he won't give up chasing his dream just yet.
All eyes for the 23-year-old turn to the Aviva 2012 Trials at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium from Friday to Sunday, where he must achieve the Olympic A standard of 13.52 seconds and a place in the top two to stand a chance.
But the Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier, who has been hampered by a knee injury sustained in his last outing in Belgium in May, admits it would surprise even him if he were to barge his way to the front of the crowded 110m hurdles ranks.
His personal best of 13.72 is some way off the likes of Andrew Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke, but that hasn't daunted Adeniran ahead of what is set to be the most competitive Olympic trials for 20 years, since the Barcelona trials in 1992.
"Most athletes train for four solid years for an Olympics. My preparation has been significantly less than this so I'm fully aware that to qualify would be an amazing achievement,” said Adeniran, who will be competing alongside the big names from the world of athletics including Jess Ennis, Phillips Idowu, Mo Farah and Dai Greene.
"My early stages of development would suggest I am a couple of years hard training off contending for medals at global championships. However, it's these kinds of daydreams that motivate me to not skip that last rep, not miss that weights session.
"All the signs are positive for the Games this year, and while competition in my particular event is especially fierce, I'm doing absolutely everything I can in the time to gain selection.”
And Adeniran is undaunted by being thrust into the spotlight, with the action to be shown live on the BBC and hearts set to be broken as 750-plus athletes go head-to-head for Olympic selection.
"I can only be a professional sportsman and chase my dreams while I'm young and without responsibilities,” said Adeniran.
"Sometimes I wish I could be there more for my loved ones, but I know that the pay-off down the line will be more than worth waiting for."
Even if he fails to snatch one of the three places available at London 2012 Adeniran, who has a law degree from Birmingham University, insists he will not be disheartened.
The sprinter, who finished seventh at the BUCS Championships at the Olympic Stadium in May, believes the deluge of major international events in the coming years is inspiration enough to carry on.
"I hope to represent Great Britain at as many events as possible, regardless of the outcome of this summer's Games,” he added.
"I have future championships including Glasgow's Commonwealth Games in 2014 and London's World Athletics Championships in 2017 firmly in my sights."
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