Richard Kilty: Linford Christie improved sprinter's confidence

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World and European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty says the guidance of coach Linford Christie has given him the belief to perform in elite events.

Kilty, 25, rejoined the Olympic gold medallist's training camp earlier this year, having left in October 2013 when his funding was cut.

The 'Teesside Tornado' added European gold to his 2014 world title in Prague on Sunday.

"Linford's definitely had a big impact on my confidence," Kilty told BBC Tees.

Christie is one of only three British men to win the Olympic 100m title, clocking 9.96 seconds to win gold in Barcelona in 1992.external-link

"He's a massive inspiration, gets me in physically great shape and it fills you with confidence having a man like Linford with his attitude, his confidence rubs off on you," said Kilty.

"I showed that in my performances, I was so composed and fearless on the start line, nothing could get to me."

Kilty on simultaneous titles
"It's amazing for me to become on a very short list of people to do that. It's a dream, I couldn't have dreamed for more and the main thing is I've done myself proud."

Kilty has set himself the target of breaking the 10-second barrier for the 100m.

His personal best outdoors is 10.10, set in Hexham in August 2013.

"That's the next thing on the agenda, outdoors," he added.

"If you look at the race I finished super strong, really stretching the field as the race went on and that looks very strong.

"So I'll take a couple of weeks off before I get back into some really hard training in Orlando with Linford and focus on the outdoor season."

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