Tru­man dream­ing of Tokyo 2020

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LON­DON: Track cy­cling star­let Joseph Tru­man has stated his de­sire to be­come one of Bri­tain's best sprint­ers ahead of Tokyo 2020.

At just 21, the Portsmouth-born rider has al­ready had a taste for suc­cess, clinch­ing sil­ver at the World Cham­pi­onships and Com­mon­wealth Games al­ready in 2018.

But with the Olympics only two years away, the 2016 Euro­pean sil­ver medal­list has not shied away from stat­ing his lofty am­bi­tions as the clock ticks down to Tokyo.

"For me, the­mo­ti­va­tion is get­ting in that team be­cause you want to be in the team for Tokyo, be­cause when Tokyo comes around, we're go­ing to be one of the strong­est teams there," Tru­man said.

"So, if I'm get­ting into that team, you can take a lot of con­fi­dence that you are go­ing to be among the best in the world.

"It started off as be­ing fun, when you're an early teenager, just muck­ing about on your bike and now you just want to be the best.

"And you go to train­ing be­cause that's what you want to do, you want to prove to ev­ery­one you can be the best, by get­ting into that teams and win­ning medals – it shows you're on your way to prov­ing that."

Should Tru­man fea­ture at the TISSOT UCI Track Cy­cling World Cup at Lon­don's Lee Val­ley VeloPark, he will fol­low in the foot­steps of cy­cling le­gends Bradley Wig­gins and Chris Hoy in go­ing for gold on the fa­mous Olympic track.

Keen to evoke their medal win­ning suc­cess, Tru­man, al­ready a two-time World Cup gold medal­list is­sued a ral­ly­ing call to en­sure Bri­tain's suc­cess con­tin­ues the track in De­cem­ber.

"Lon­don is spe­cial," said Tru­man. "Even on the ap­proach to the velodrome you can see the build­ing's shape, you know the his­tory of it.

"Even though it's new, and ev­ery­thing that has been achieved there. It's ex­cit­ing and of course I'm buzzing for that.

"I'm hop­ing it will be packed and it's a real wall of noise. So that will be good, I think it will be one of the last chances for us to show some form be­fore we turn our fo­cus to­wards the world cham­pi­onships.

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