Anguish for Ayanful

PUBLISHED: 14:58 01 July 2011

Former Havering student Eugene Ayanful is chasing glory

Former Havering student Eugene Ayanful is chasing glory


Sprinter misses out on European trip

Lady Luck seems to have deserted sprinter Eugene Ayanful so far this season.

But the former Havering Sixth Form College pupil has vowed to show his true potential this summer all on his own.

Ayanful, 21, was looking to book a ticket to Ostrava for the European Under-23 Championships at the Bedford trials last weekend, but ultimately came up short.

After breezing through his 100m heats Ayanful had to settle for seventh in the final, with his time of 10.68secs way down on his personal best of 10.37.

And things didn’t improve 24 hours later as he also failed to reach the 200m final, ruling him out of the trip to the Czech Republic.

“It’s just not my season and I’m really disappointed with what happened in Bedford,” said Ayanful, who benefits from the Spar Sprint Stars Programme.

“I’m distraught and disappointed I didn’t do better in the 100m final because I really felt I was going to get a medal. It’s the first time I’ve ever not won a medal in the 100m so I’m really disappointed.

“I’ve got to accept I won’t be going to the European Under-23s so I’ve just got to go back to the training camp and see how it goes, and get ready for new challenges next year.

“I’m really disappointed but I know I’m better than this performance and I’m just looking ahead to London 2012.

“I’m not going backwards, this just wasn’t my year and I know I’ll be in better form next year.”

Ayanful is a newcomer to the Loughborough University environment after moving up from his London training base at Lee Valley to work under Jared Deacon.

And while he couldn’t be in better surroundings, he believes his itchy feet will see him once again climb the ladder.

“I think the change in environment was one of the reasons I haven’t done so well this year,” he added.

“But I’m moving back to London at the end of this year and becoming a full-time athlete next year and I’ll see how it goes.”

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