Further Personal Information
||Sport Studies: Great Britain
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He played football and athletics from the age of eight, pursuing athletics seriously from 17. "I was always fast, even as a four-year-old I loved running. My schoolteacher encouraged me, she told me that her husband was in the Olympics and that I could be, too, one day. Her husband turned out to be long jumper Lynn Davies who won gold at the 1964 Tokyo Games."
|Why this sport?
||He chose to pursue athletics due to the influence of his former coach Jock Anderson. He was told that he could be one of the world's top sprinters. ''At the time Linford Christie and Jon Regis were right up there at the top, and I felt that, if they could do it, so could I. ''
|Club / Team
||Cardiff AAC: Cardiff, WAL
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
||He trains on the track for an hour and a half each day and spends two hours in the gym doing a full body work out.
||Flash (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
||Playstation 3. (spashion.com, 05 Dec 2011)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||"I have two really proud moments. I was 19 at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, my mum came out and I won a medal. I did a lap of honour and saw her in the stadium. Then there was my first Olympic Games in Sydney. I came fifth, just missing the medals and it hit home that I was one of the best in the world." (mensrunninguk.co.uk, 2010)
|Most influential person in career
||His mother. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
|Hero / Idol
||His mother and cousin Kevin Williams. (Athlete, 31 Jul 2008)
||He tore his hamstring during the heats of the 100m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. (UK Athletics, 27 Jul 2006)
Reached the 200m semifinals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens despite suffering kidney failure at the pre-Games training camp. (spashion.com, 05 Dec 2011; UK Athletics, 27 Jul 2006)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Sport is not just about teaching physical skills but has major social benefits. I was a cheeky boy at school. My mum taught me manners but sport teaches kids from all walks of life to come together and to succeed." (telegraph.co.uk, 17 Aug 2010)
|Awards and honours
||He was the International Association of Athletics Federations' [IAAF] Junior Athlete of the Year in 1998. (athletix.org, 01 Oct 2002)
||He played junior football for English football teams Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers as well as playing U15 level football for South Wales. (telegraph.co.uk, 17 Aug 2010)
||His cousin, Kevin Williams, is a Welsh international sprinter. (thepowerof10.info, 23 Aug 2011)
||To compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.(telegraph.co.uk, 17 Aug 2010)
He used to play alongside Welsh footballer Craig Bellamy during his days as a member of the South Wales Schools' team. (independent.co.uk, 31 Jul 2010)