Commonwealth Games: Tom Bosworth aiming to walk away with gold

Record: Leeds race walker Tom Bosworth broke the British 3,000m record in Sheffield earlier this year.
Record: Leeds race walker Tom Bosworth broke the British 3,000m record in Sheffield earlier this year.
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TOM BOSWORTH is relishing the chance to perform under pressure when he lines up for the 20k race walk at the Commonwealth Games.

The British record holder has been adjusting to life in Australia for a couple of weeks and is raring to go in his quest for gold.

Bosworth, 28, competed in Delhi 2010 where he finished 11th, but a sixth-place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympics make the Leeds athlete a strong contender for a medal this time.

Add to that his recent results and strong start to the indoor season and he might be on the top step of the podium on Sunday. Bosworth said: “A British record and a world record is not a bad couple of weeks’ work, so I was really happy with the indoors.

“Then I did my first 20km of the season – conditions were brutal, but I managed to take silver there.

“I’m pretty happy going in and who knows what the conditions will be like on race day?

“It’s going to be quite similar, quite tough, but I like to perform under pressure.”

Preparations all but complete, Bosworth said: “Just to be on the podium will be special enough, but to be standing on top of it with ‘Jerusalem’ playing, that will be an awesome moment.

“All I’m doing is focusing on the process and getting the important things done now so that on race day I can perform to my best.”

Bosworth can also count on the support of his parents, who will be watching on the Gold Coast, and he said: “My race is at 7am on Sunday morning here, so, hopefully, the rest of the family are going to stay up and watch it on Saturday night.

“It seems like a bit of a crazy hour, but what better way to spend your evening?”

“I knew I was in quite good shape so going forwards, coming here, I can be pretty confident and trust the process. It’s starting to get real now and I like that.”

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