Rooney toys with 800m move

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MAR­TYN ROONEY ad­mits the pur­suit of ‘new goals’ means he is go­ing to ex­plore the idea of mov­ing up to 800m, writes Euan Crumley.

The Euro­pean 400m cham­pion and the man who an­chored Bri­tain to 4x400m bronze at last month’s IAAF World Cham­pi­onships has been left dis­ap­pointed by his per­for­mances in 2017 and is look­ing to find a mo­ti­va­tional spark by changing things up.

“I have to find some new goals and find some­thing that is go­ing to ex­cite me,” said the 30-year-old, whose last race over 800m was a 1:53.52 in Florida in 2014. “Seb Coe says I need to go and run an 800m so we’ll see what the win­ter brings.

“A change is as good as a rest and there are some great 800m coaches in Lough­bor­ough so it would be great to jump into a couple of ses­sions and see how it goes.”

Rooney, who came sixth in his heat in the in­di­vid­ual 400m at Lon­don 2017 added: “It’s not been a great year, in fact it’s been an aw­ful year. But it’s been a year when I asked for two things – a healthy baby (his daugh­ter Ci­ada was born last month) and a world medal.

“I got both. I got the things I wanted so I can’t be greedy. I’d like to have run – and prob­a­bly should have run – 45 low but it just didn’t hap­pen (his best this year was 45.65 in Madrid). It’s my 11th year on the cir­cuit and some­times you are go­ing to have a bad year.”

As for next year, Rooney would love to take part in the Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast in April, so much so that he in­sists he would pay his own way out to Aus­tralia.

“The Com­mon­wealth Games is com­pletely out of my con­trol,” he added. “I haven’t hit the stan­dard and they don’t know if they are go­ing to take a re­lay team be­cause of cost. I’ve said I’ll pay for my flights, I don’t mind do­ing it, but it’s up to the se­lec­tors and whether they want to take a team or not.

“My se­nior in­di­vid­ual de­but was in Mel­bourne so it would be nice to go back and have an­other go. With a good win­ter be­hind me, you never know what could hap­pen.”

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