As one of Team GB's brightest sprinting prospects, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey is fully focused on qualifying for the London Olympics yet knows how tough the competition for places is going to be. Targeting the 100m, the Carshalton-born runner (150/1 to win Olympic 100m Gold Medal) is preparing for the Olympic trials taking place late next month, knowing that a top two finish would mean automatic selection.
He said: "I've got a few niggles at the moment so I'm maybe one or two weeks from where I'd like to be but we've got a nice plan in place for where we want to be by the trials. I think trying to get the 100m and 200m will be quite a task- we have a great depth of sprinters this year in the UK.”
With Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt (8/13 to win Olympic 100m Gold Medal) at the forefront of world sprinting in 2012, Aikines-Aryeetey is looking forward to hopefully facing such talented opposition. He added "It's an amazing year; the depth of sprinting is actually amazing at the moment. However, we are all on a level playing field once we're at the Olympics, so that's what it's all about. Making sure you're at the Games- that way you can all compete against each other."
Amongst the possibilities is a repeat of the GB 4x100m relay team grabbing gold in sensational style at the 2004 Games in Athens. The race will surely be a highlight of the Olympics this summer, with Dwain Chambers now a strong contender for a spot on the team. With such a tough battle for places on the relay squad, Aikines-Aryeetey believes Chamber's eligibility to run will boost the 4x100m team.