Athletics: David Omoregie harbours Beijing selection hope

David Omoregie has impressed since dropping decathlon to concentrate on the 110m hurdles
David Omoregie won bronze at the World Junior Championships in July 2014.
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Welsh athlete David Omoregie says he has not given up on selection for the World Championships in Beijing.

The 19-year-old Welshman won gold in the 110 metres hurdles at the European Under-23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia last month.

And although British Athletics' policy is not to allow athletes to compete at both events, Omoregie remains hopeful.

"I feel recovered from Tallinn, I've trained so well, but it's not in my hands really," he said.

Omoregie races at the Anniversary Games in London's Olympic Stadium on Friday, taking on some of the best high-hurdlers in the world including Olympic champion Aries Merrit.

And the Welshman has set his sights on lowering his own best time of 13.55 seconds.

"I feel heading into Friday I have a great opportunity to run fast and get a PB. I just want to go out and do as much as I can do," he added.

"For me to go to the World Championships would literally just be for experience, really

"It's up to British athletics it's not in my hands."

Omoregie's victory in Estonia confirmed the promise he had shown as a junior.

He hopes that the win will be a stepping stone towards major championships in the future.

"It's given me so much confidence," he said.

"Before in major championships I didn't quite get it right.

"Two years ago in the European juniors I didn't have the best race. I went there not really expecting anything and to make the final was kind of good.

"Then last year in the World juniors it kind of fell apart in the final. I got a bronze, but I was hoping to go for the gold.

"I was just so happy to have got it right in Tallinn, it seems like everything just came together in terms of my preparation I just hope to take this into future championships."

Welsh 400 metre runner Seren Bundy-Davies also competes in the Anniversary Games on Friday.

The 20-year-old will line up against 2012 Olympic champion Francina McCroroy from the USA and Britain's 2008 Olympic gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu.

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