Amy Hunt in fast lane to top and confident Olympic delay won’t slow her progress

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Amy Hunt, the teen sensation of British sprinting, has gone from chasing her Olympic dream to being pursued by dogs in a park.

The coronavirus arrived in the UK just as the 17-year old powered to 60 metres gold at her first senior British Championships.

She should now have been stepping up her preparations for Tokyo whilst cramming for A levels and wondering how on earth she would find a moment to celebrate her 18th next Friday.

Instead, the Olympics have been postponed, her exams cancelled and Hunt has all the time in the world to plan a ‘virtual’ celebration with friends and family.

You might think the Newark starlet would be tearing her hair out at the missed opportunities. You’d be wrong.

“We all have our goals in mind, we all aspire to reach Tokyo and I am training to one day become an Olympic champion,” she said.

“For the time being that means doing reps in the park and being chased by dogs. But having an extra year gives me more chance to learn, to build my strength and to grow as a person. That will be so beneficial when it comes to next year.”

Hunt is already the fastest under-18 female of all time over 200 metres, courtesy of the 22.42 seconds she clocked last summer, a time which would have won bronze behind Dina Asher-Smith at last autumn’s World Championships in Doha.

Having Usain Bolt hold the men’s version of that record only increases the hype around her going on to achieve extraordinary things.

Which is another reason she is content for the Tokyo Games to be pushed back 12 months.

“It’s important to have a reset,” she said. “As much as you can derive motivation and a sense of positivity from reflecting on what you’ve already done, you need to let go of it to an extent.

“You’re only as good as your last race so it’s vital to keep looking forward and focus on the future rather than on what you’ve already done.”

It would of course be foolish to place Bolt-like expectations on Hunt, but she makes no secret of her ambition to reach the top.

“The Paris Olympics will be a slightly better opportunity for me because I will be older and will have finished university and hopefully be a full-time athlete by then,” she said.

“But I’m fairly serious about being competitive going into Tokyo. I have my qualifying time already so I know I have the potential to go.

“And looking at last year’s rankings I’m not going there just to make up the numbers and finish last in my heat.

“I’m quite a competitive person. I want to achieve the highest level of success that I can at any given moment.”

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