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Chris O’Hare “ready to roll” at World Indoor Championships

Chris O’Hare “ready to roll” at World Indoor Championships

Back in action following a foot problem, the Scottish record-holder targets a medal in Birmingham

Chris O’Hare is putting a recent foot issue behind him as he aims for a 1500m medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham this weekend.

The 27-year-old has impressed so far this year, winning the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games before improving his Scottish indoor 1500m record to 3:37.03 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

With his foot not healing as fast as he had hoped, O’Hare was unable to build on those performances at the SPAR British Indoor Championships but selectors showed faith in his return and he now heads into Saturday morning’s world indoor heats full of confidence.

“The foot is good,” the US-based athlete told AW. “I’ve put a lot of hard work in over the last couple of weeks to get it right and get the surrounding area strong again. We’re ready to roll.”

Reflecting on his season so far, he said: “The first two races of the year were good. It’s exciting moving into this weekend and hopefully we can bring home a medal.

“That’s the goal,” added the Edinburgh AC runner, who was disappointed with his 12th place in the world final in London last summer. “And so there’s no need to kind of dress it up in ambitions – are they lofty or are they not – it’s what I want so I’ll do everything I can to get it.”

O’Hare and his fellow Scot Jake Wightman form part of a strong field in Birmingham and among their rivals are two previous winners in 2014 champion Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti and 2012 gold medallist Abdalaati Iguider of Morocco, who go into the race ranked fastest with their respective season’s bests of 3:35.39 and 3:35.79.

But the 2014 European and 2015 European indoor medallist is determined to challenge for a first senior global gong. And while his young family including son Ronan, who joined him when receiving his Wanamaker Mile trophy, won’t be track-side this time, they’ll be willing him on from across the pond.

“We didn’t know if I was going to be running until a few days ago,” O’Hare explains, “so it was too expensive at the last minute to get them out but they’ll be watching on TV.”

» Chris O’Hare begins his World Indoor Championships campaign with the 1500m heats on Saturday at 11:10, with the final taking place on Sunday at 16:12

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