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Dwain Chambers Chijindu Ujah Harry Aikines-Aryeety

30 December 2014

The week before Chijindu Ujah (coach: Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo) knew. Ujah’s training partner Greg Rutherford knew.

Both sensed something special was on the horizon and indeed it was on 8 June 2014. The 20-year-old broke the magical 10 second barrier at the FBK Games in Hengelo to become the third fastest man in British history.

“I knew in training that the time was coming,” revealed Ujah.

“I did a 150m session with Greg (Rutherford) the week before and he said he’d never ever been blown away in training before. He said something special was coming and a week later I ran sub 10.

“My coach acted like he was expecting it, but when I landed back in the UK I got a lot of phone calls and texts from lots of people.

“2014 was my breakthrough year as I announced myself on the world stage which I want to build on.”

The Enfied & Haringey athlete is certainly not one to rest on his 2014 achievements, as he strives for success in 2015.

He continued: “Winter training has been going extremely well. I’ve set personal bests in most areas and I want to keep that up.

“My ambitions for next year are to remain healthy and make an individual spot in the World Championships team then hopefully make the final.

“I may run indoors but only maybe later on in the season. I’ve got a lot of stuff to work on prior to the indoors.”