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'Ups and downs' for Cackett

By Leatherhead Advertiser  |  Posted: June 14, 2012

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IT'S been an eventful few weeks for sprinter Greg Cackett.

He split from his coach Margot Wells last month, saying the relationship had "run its course" before recording a new 100m personal best of 10.43 seconds in the British Athletics League at Lee Valley, under new coaches Linford Christie and Ron Roddan.

More recently though he flattered to deceive at Birmingham in the England Championships when he ran 10.64, 10.65 and 10.72, but followed that up with a time of 10.51 in a "slow" meeting in Bedford on Sunday.

Cackett described the last month as "up and down".

On the coaching change, he said: "It was just one of those things. I looked at the squads that were doing the best and Linford's stood out so it was the logical choice."

Almost straight away Cackett, from Brockham, took two hundreths off his PB, but has since struggled with the change in training.

Speaking about a "disappointing" England Championships and last weekend's meet at Bedford, he said: "I have switched training and I'm doing so much more racing than I'm used to. I felt I should have won the England Championships and I ran slowly.

"I think it was the training that I've been doing and I was just tired. Last week I took my foot off the gas a bit, tried to be a bit smarter and at Bedford we were pretty much across the line together, it was just a slow day. But I was up against fully fledged GB guys so there were positives to take."

Cackett's focus is now on the Olympic trials on June 22.

"Ideally I would like to make the senior outdoor final," he said. "Who knows? I'm just going to go and run as fast as I can."

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