3 Aug 2017
From spectator to competitor - Omoregie can’t wait for London 2017 bow
Turn back the clock five years and David Omoregie was in the crowd at London 2012. Although he wasn’t competing you could say it was a life-changing moment.
“Back in 2012 I was there as a spectator, I was injured and I didn’t really know where my career was going and whether I’d continue athletics. Seeing Jess, Greg and Mo do what they did was really inspiring and back then I never thought I’d be where I am now.”
A Welsh sprint hurdler, there are naturally comparisons with the great Colin Jackson, something that Omoregie doesn’t shy away from.
“Colin Jackson was obviously an amazing athlete and also from Cardiff. He had the same kind of start as myself and he’s definitely someone I look up to. You’ve just got to look at the kind of things he was able to do in his career; World records, European records, a huge number of titles.
“As an athletics community you look at some of the things he’s achieved and think, ‘wow, that’s crazy’, especially for someone of his height and weight. He’s definitely someone I aspire to.”
Having enjoyed success since 2012, winning bronze at the 2014 World Junior Championships and gold at the 2015 European U23 Championships, Omoregie has now reached the big stage. Selected for the 110mH for his first senior global championships, the Loughborough University student is relishing the challenge.
“I’m really, really happy to have been selected for the World Champs. London is probably my favourite place to race and so to have a championship there - my first senior world championships – in front of a home crowd, I just can’t wait.
“Since missing out on making the team for Rio I’ve had a lot of drive and so to make the team this time around is a relief and I know that all my hard work has paid off.”
Balancing his Economics degree with the training required to be one of the best athletes in the world is no mean feat, but Omoregie is rarely fazed.
“Whenever you’re not studying, you’re training, and whenever you’re not training, you’re studying. It’s all about time management, and using the time you do have very wisely, especially when it comes to recovery and having some time to yourself.”
Still only 21, Omoregie is still on an upward curve, getting better with every passing year. And there is no doubt his move to Loughborough, to train under the guise of world class coach Benke Blomkvist, is paying dividends.
“From an athletics perspective, this is the centre of excellence for athletics, so it’s really the best place to be. Especially when you consider the group I’m in, there’s no other place I’d rather be as a hurdler.”
London 2017 will undoubtedly be another great learning opportunity, but Omoregie has clear focus and drive, as well as lofty ambitions.
“As an athlete everyone dreams of winning an Olympic medal, and that’s a long term goal for me. Maybe 2020, maybe further down the line.”