Brian Gregan feels there is much more to come, writes James Sullivan
Despite failing to qualify for the 400m final, Ireland’s Brian Gregan was in positive mood about his future in the sport. The Clonliffe Harrier finished seventh in the first of three semi-finals in Moscow last night, clocking 45.98, a marginal improvement on the 46.04 he recorded in his first round heat.
“It has definitely whetted the appetite a bit” said the 23 year old, who finished 21st overall in his first major global outdoor championship. “I’m still able to clock sub 46 on the back of four weeks of missed training. So it makes me wonder what I can do with a bit more training in me.”
The Dubliner also believes this experience will benefit him enormously come next year’s European Championships in Zurich, where he will hope to contend for top honours. “There were only six Europeans to make the world semi-final so I guess that’s a good sign for me. I’m trying to make as many positives as I can as I’ve been negative a lot the last month with being injured.”
Gregan explained that the biggest issue with regards his development is getting the opportunity to race against the best in the world on a regular basis. “I really enjoyed that experience. It was great racing these boys. It’s something I need to do more but it’s just a difficult thing to do to get into these races. I just cant get into races.”
“It’s pretty hard because at the end of the day there’s 8 lanes” he stated. “It’s not like a distance race, or even for 800m, they put 10 to 12 in and it doesn’t matter what lane you get. For 400, even if I got into a bigger race I’m more likely to get slapped with lane one. It’s hard when chasing times to get into these races.”
“It is a lot of who you know as well. Obviously if you are running fast enough you will tend to get into them. I have got into one or two but unfortunately not enough, because I want to be mixing it with these boys regularly and not winning races by a mile.”
He also mentioned that he has no intention of finishing his season just yet and intends to keep racing. “I’m hoping I can get into a few more races. There’s a couple of races out there. I’ve tried emailing a few people about them. If I can get into them I’ll be delighted as I want to race.”