Ryan’s eyes on 2014 Games

0813042 SSFF ryan oswald 'Ryan Oswald who won a gold medal at running and is trying to make the 2014 Commonwealth Games - at home in Lammerlaws Road, Burntisland
0813042 SSFF ryan oswald 'Ryan Oswald who won a gold medal at running and is trying to make the 2014 Commonwealth Games - at home in Lammerlaws Road, Burntisland
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BURNTISLAND athlete Ryan Oswald admits that even he was surprised by his stunning run at the weekend’s Scottish Senior Indoor Championships.

The race ace smashed his personal best time of 21.7 seconds in the 200m event to come home in first place with a time of 21.37 - a time which sits just nine hundredths of a second outside the Scottish indoor record and puts Ryan third in the current record books, behind well known Scottish athletes Elliot Bunney and Ian Mackie.

And with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, Ryan feels he’s peaking at just the right time to hit the 20.85 qualifying time and secure a place in the national squad.

The 23-year-old said: “Indoor hasn’t really been a priority for me, it’s just a lead on to the outdoor season really, so I went in to the race with no expectations.

“I knew that I’d been working hard in training and felt strong but I really surprised myself when I went right through my personal best.

“My coach was really happy with me because when you race indoor you’re going round two bends, but outdoor it’s round half a track, so it’s a good indication that I can meet the qualifying time.

“Through my training I’ve been doing a lot of resistance work and not so much speed so I got through the race on strength really.”

To make the Scotland squad, Ryan will need to meet the 20.85 qualifying time for the 200m twice to show a level of consistency.

The former Heriot Watt University student has now finished his studies so is concentrating on his running full-time as part of the Sale Harriers Running Club.

He has been helped through his training by fellow Fifer Anthony Young who also had success in the 400m.

“Anthony had been up against the same guy quite a lot and he’s been behind him quite a bit,” added Ryan.

“But he beat him when it mattered over the weekend so I was really pleased for him.”

SCOTT INGLIS

Twitter: @ScottInglisEFM