World 800m finalist Andrew Osagie is determined to come back stronger following an injury-hit 2013
“Interrupted is the perfect word to use for my season,” agrees Andrew Osagie when reflecting on a year which has offered its fair share of setbacks. “It wasn’t as ideal as I wanted it to be,” he adds, “but I managed to get to the world final.”
Only one British man, Peter Elliott in 1987, has ever made the 800m podium at the IAAF World Championships. In Moscow, Osagie came close to repeating that feat and secured the best finish by a British male since 1993 as he clocked a strong season’s best to snatch fifth on the line in a race won by pre-race favourite Mohammed Aman.
An encouraging result, considering the 25-year-old had been left below his best following a hamstring problem sustained in Lausanne five weeks earlier.
“I’m not super happy, but I never am,” admits the Harlow AC athlete who also ended the season placed fourth overall in the IAAF Diamond League series. ”Even if I’d won the World Champs I’d probably not be happy, I’d have wanted to have run quicker.”
This season may not have provided the Olympic finalist with a much-craved major championship medal, but what it has given him is the hunger and determination to push on, fully fit, in 2014.
“I’ve taken a lot from this season,” he says. “There’s a lot of things I need to work on as far as injuries go and I’ve got a good structure set out that I’m going to put in place over the winter.
“It’s what I need as an athlete,” he adds, speaking of his season’s struggles. “I love challenges, frustration drives me. I’ve taken enough this year to last me a lifetime. It’s going to push me on next year.”
Having never suffered hamstring problems in the past, Osagie is keen to point out the positives in that sustaining his injury has highlighted there are always areas that need work.
“I had a couple of tears in my hamstring over a spell of about six weeks which wasn’t ideal,” he explains.
“It’s kick-started a strength programme, prehab and rehab to start over the winter which can only be a good thing. It’s highlighted something we need to work on.
“This year… finally it’s done,” he adds. “I don’t like losing. I know that over the winter I can train a little bit harder than I did last year and next year I won’t lose as many times.”
Ahead of a winter of hard work, he continues: “We’re going to put in a structure which turns me from, I guess, an athlete with potential, into a really structured world class athlete who is going to hopefully win medals at every championships for the next four years.”
With six-time UK 800m champion Michael Rimmer among those to have ventured over to the cross country scene in the past, is that something the Craig Winrow-coached athlete would give consideration to in the coming months?
“It’s not going to work out in my favour,” he says. “By the time I’ve got through the winter, the cold months and the undulating terrain, I’m going to end up with more injuries than the endurance I might get from it.
“I’ve got a very quick turnaround from being very unfit to being in race shape so the indoor season and outdoor season mix works perfectly for me with the gaps in the middle.”
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