Amy Hunt to compete against childhood idols in the Birmingham Diamond League
Super sprinter Amy Hunt has spoken of her excitement at being chosen to compete against her heroes growing up.
The 17-year-old, from Newark, has been selected to compete in the 200m at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday August 18, competing against Olympic athletes including Dina Asher-Smith and Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Hunt described the news as mind-blowing as she contemplates competing against her childhood idols.
“It’s insane to think I’ll be racing against my idols, it’s an amazing opportunity and I’m just going to enjoy it, Hunt said.
“It’s going to be such a privilege to be able to race against them and I’m not looking to finish in a particular time or qualification.
“I’ve got nothing to lose, so my main aim is to just enjoy the experience.”
Hunt said that her training is going well so far. She is back training full time following her outstanding performance in the 200m European Under-20 Championships in Sweden, where she clocked 22-94 seconds.
Hunt was also part of Team GB’s gold medal-winning 4 x 100m team.
Just three weeks before this, she registered a 22-42 finish in Germany, which made her the under-18 world recorder holder, under-20 British record holder and third fastest Brit of all-time.
It was this performance that caused the organisers of the Birmingham Diamond League to contact her and offer her a lane against her hero Asher-Smith, as well as other pros including world champion heptathlete Dafne Schippers and Olympic and world champion long-jumper and sprinter Blessing Okagbare.
“They were reading out the names of the other athletes competing to me, and I was almost laughing because it was unbelievable to think I’ll be sharing a track with these women,” Hunt said.
To get into the mindset to compete, Hunt uses visualisation techniques and, while she doesn’t usually listen to music before a competition, she said she might before the Birmingham meet and has her coach, Jo McDonnell, on hand to help.