Up to speed

Mon 7 March 2016, 11:12 am

A young hurdler studying at Barking & Dagenham College got closer to his goal of reaching the European Championships this summer after coming fifth in the World Indoor Trials.

Khai Riley La-Borde winning his first international race in the 60m Hurdles at the Katrnas Cup, held in Latvia on 16th January 2016.

Khai Riley La-Borde, 20, from Purfleet, Essex, who is studying to become a motor mechanic, was the youngest finalist at the competition held in Sheffield on 27-28 February.

The college supported his training through a £1,000 cheque in September 2015.

Involved in athletics since he was 11, La-Borde said his dream was to represent Great Britain for the first time as a senior (rather than an under 23) in the 110 hurdles at the European Championships.

The young athlete said this was looking “really achievable”. He added: “I have to run just over a 10th of a second faster than my personal best, which I’m hoping, due to the training I’ve been doing, I’ll manage to do this season. 

“As for my ultimate goal, well, that is to get to the Tokyo Olympics; I’m still young and need to build up my experience – and of course my speed! But I’m hopeful that my dream will come true.”

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