Athletics World Championships – Discus thrower Nicholas Percy ‘elated’ at Great Britain call-up – Sport Prot Prot

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Discus thrower Nicholas Percy said he was “ecstatic” to be called up for his second World Championships in Athletics for Team Great Britain.

It is the first time that it qualifies directly for the competition.

“It’s a huge honor to have achieved this. It was never the main goal this season. It was just going to be a bonus,” he told BBC Radio Solent.

“This is my first time getting into the high ranks and I feel like I can be competitive with the big boys.”

The 27-year-old, who lives on the Isle of Wight, claimed his fifth British title with a personal best throw of 65.00m at the UK Athletics Championships in Manchester last month.

“It’s amazing that British Athletics have faith and trust in me. I see it as a great experience,” he added.

Percy’s 2022 season has been notable for his progression and consistency after breaking the Scottish record and breaking his personal best multiple times.

“I take each day as it comes and I enjoy it because as soon as you start pushing to get to the final and win medals, sometimes, you can push yourself too hard and it gets worse,” Percy said.

“Former world record holder Mac Wilkins told me recently ‘trust your unconscious mind, it knows better than your conscious mind.’ the performance is never there.

“You look at the best footballers in the world, when they are playing they are not thinking about certain skills on the ball, they are just head to head and they know what they are doing. When you look at someone who is trying too hard their eyes are everywhere and they are falling everywhere.

“I think the most important thing is to trust the work that I’ve done and not try to force big pitches.”

The World Championships in Athletics represent the highest level of outdoor athletics competition alongside the Olympic Games. This year’s event will take place in Eugene, Oregon in the United States from July 15-24.

A former European junior silver medalist and five-time British champion, Percy is accustomed to competing in the US after four years at the University of Nebraska, where he became a national discus champion and a three-time conference champion. between 2016 and 2018.

“Conditions in the United States are a big factor,” he added. “Oregon is historically a very hot or very humid state, one day it could be 29 degrees and sunny and another day it could be nine degrees and flood. It’s something we’re very used to in the UK, but a little more unpredictable.

“I’m just going out there to enjoy the process. I’m confident I can throw far and I hope I’m good enough to get through it.”

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