The eye-catching time — 10.06 seconds — is nearly two years old.
That’s ancient history for 100-metre sprinter, and Canada’s fastest man, Sam Effah.
But even though his personal best is far in the past, it’s also still a target for Effah, who has battled a couple of injuries in the meanwhile but is now 100% with the Canadian championships and Olympic trials just over a month away in his hometown.
“It’s time for me to show what I can do. I want to be closer to the 10-second barrier and do it here at home,” said Effah, 23.
Effah, who lost nearly a year due to a quadriceps injury, returned to action in time to win last year’s Canadian championships but was back on the shelf and missed the world championships.
Now, though, the Sir Winston Churchill high school grad is back to 100%.
“It’s been good to reflect, to refocus and rebuild, and take 2012 as a whole new year,” said Effah, who received a boost this year with sponsorship from oil services company CE Franklin. “It’s an amazing feeling to be 100% healthy and then be able to train and build and get faster.”
Effah, who plans to attend a few meets in the U.S. and Europe before returning to Calgary still needs to record a time of 10.17s to reach the standard needed to compete at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, which he has high hopes of reaching soon.
Still, his goal when back in Calgary is to defend his title.
“It’s a big thing,” Effah added. “It’s here, and my goal is to win it and the time will come.”
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