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Riley thinks time's ripe for medal

Published:Tuesday | July 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Andrew Riley (left) - File

GLASGOW, Scotland:

For the second consecutive season, Andrew Riley left the National Senior Championships as the national 110m hurdles champion.

In four appearances at major international championships, he has failed to make the podium.

Now, he believes it's full time.

"Every competition is a good opportunity to get the medal, and this is no different," said Riley, the 25-year-old two-time NCAA 110m hurdles champion and one-time 100m winner.

"Last year, I had the mishaps and it cost me, but when I look back at it, certain things happened for a reason, and it's up to me to just refocus and prepare to go out there and do the best for myself, my family, and my country," Riley told The Gleaner.

The Moscow IAAF World Championships finalist has had a rough patch with injuries over the past few months, competing virtually on one leg in Moscow and making the final in spite of an Achilles injury and twisting his ankle at the World Indoors earlier this year.

However, he has rebounded, racking up five wins in a decent series so far this season. He will make his Commonwealth Games debut at the start of the athletics competition in a few days.

"I would say I am probably pleased with where I am, but I still have some way to go. Last year, I had the Achilles injury, where I kind of laid off a lot. I started training in the middle of November and went indoors to compete. I just wanted to see where I was, and then I twisted my ankle, which kept me out for a few weeks, so it hasn't been easy," Riley said.

"In the college season, there's so much you can do and no more with the college season, but right now, I'm fully focused. This is my job and I am just looking to represent and execute what I have been practising," said Riley - a three-time national champion.

He added: "In Monaco (Friday) I ran close to my PR (13.14 done in 2013), so sometimes some rest is good, but I'm mostly satisfied with the season so far.

"This is my first Common-wealth Games and so far, the experience has been good, and I am here to represent the country to the fullest," Riley noted.