Will Sharman: Heartbreak of missing out on London 2012 will make me stronger
HURDLER Will Sharman insists that the heartbreak of missing out on London 2012 will only make him stronger as he readies himself for the next Olympic cycle.
The 28-year-old Sharman found himself fourth in the pecking order for the 110m hurdles for Team GB behind Lawrence Clarke, Andrew Pozzi and Andy Turner.
And with only three competitors allowed in that event in London that mean Sharman, who has been to two World Championship finals, was forced to watch the Games on television.
But rather than bemoan his fate the former Loughborough University student, who this week was kept on National Lottery funding for Rio 2016, insists he will bounce back from the experience.
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“It was encouraging to see people do well - my favourite was Sir Chris Hoy,” he said.
“One of my best friends Paralympian Richard Whitehead won a gold medal. But missing out myself is also motivation.
"It's been a difficult year for me, having carried a wrist injury for over two years and sitting on the sidelines during London 2012.”
But with funding assured for next season, Sharman is targeting a return to the form that saw him finish fourth at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 and second at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.
"There are no certainties in performance sport,” he added.
“I didn't take getting funding for granted but I haven't lost the ingredients, I am still a worthwhile investment and it's very encouraging that UK Athletics think so too.
"I think that's the main thing you take away from this. That the people you work with on a daily basis really believe in what you've got to offer."
"Before I ran in the World Championships in 2009, I didn't have any funding
"I think our system is remarkable - it's brilliant. But I don't think Usain Bolt or Yohan Blake get lottery funding.
"Even athletes in the UK will have different circumstances. For me, what's invaluable is the medical support that goes with the lottery funding."
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