Shannon and Cheriece Hylton goal athletics success –
Whereas Nice Britain hit their medal goal of six ultimately yr’s World Championships, the departure of some family names means there’s a likelihood for brand new stars to come back to the fore.
Mo Farah switched from observe occasions to the marathon after the London showpiece whereas Jess Ennis-Hill retired in 2016, having added Olympic silver in Rio to the gold she received at London 2012.
Farah was the one British athlete to win particular person medals at the World Championships and 21-year-old sprinters Shannon and Cheriece Hylton are decided to rise to the problem and assist fill the void left by two of GB’s Olympic stars.
“Mo Farah has left the observe, Jess Ennis-Hill has retired,” says Shannon, the British 200m champion, who competed on the worlds. “It’s our time to step up and produce these medals house.
“The degrees throughout the game are rising annually so each athlete has the selection to face nonetheless or go together with these elevated ranges and it’s nice for everybody.”
Cheriece provides: “It’s an thrilling time to be concerned within the sport, we’ve got lots of younger athletes coming via. Final yr’s worlds showcased that and the Commonwealths confirmed once more that it’s in an amazing place.”
Katarina Johnson-Thompson received her first world gold on the World Indoor Championships in January whereas Andrew Pozzi received the 60m hurdles.
Zharnel Hughes was disqualified on the Commonwealth Video games after crossing the road first within the males’s 200m however Dina Asher-Smith received bronze within the girls’s 200m.
The 4x100m relay groups each claimed medals ultimately yr’s Worlds – gold for the lads, silver for the ladies – and England won both events on the Commonwealths.
However the person medal for Asher-Smith, 22, was a specific spotlight for the Hylton sisters, who’ve been on junior worldwide groups with the British 100 and 200m report holder.
Cheriece, who specialises within the 400m, additionally noticed the thrill first hand having been chosen as a part of England’s 4x400m relay staff for the Gold Coast, though she was not chosen to run within the remaining.
“I shared the identical condo as Dina in Australia and we have been so glad for her when she received her particular person bronze,” she says. “She has labored so exhausting in earlier championships and are available so shut, so for her to get that medal was unbelievable.”
The twins, each coached by Ryan Freckleton, are aiming to compete collectively for the primary time at senior degree on the Nice Britain staff for August’s European Championships in Berlin, however have the Tokyo Olympics firmly of their sights.
“I feel it helps that Cheriece and I aren’t in the identical occasions,” admits Shannon. “It’s good to help one another and concentrate on our occasions individually. We’re naturally aggressive anyway however even when we have been to do the identical occasion, it would not have an effect on our performances.
“It’s bizarre competing individually as a result of in any respect of our junior championships we competed collectively and shared collectively, however now we’re getting used to being aside and issues like sharing with totally different folks.
“Whether or not I’m away or she is away, we nonetheless talk on a regular basis. I needed to Facetime her early within the morning when she was in Australia and it felt like I used to be there.”
Being mentored by Andy Murray
The pair have been signed by Andy Murray’s administration firm and whereas they’re juggling coaching and research – biomedical sciences for Shannon, enterprise administration for Cheriece – they’ve already had recommendation from the two-time Wimbledon champion.
“I had a chat with Andy earlier than the Commonwealths because it was my first senior occasion and I wished to attract on his expertise as an elite athlete,” says Cheriece. “He informed me to simply exit and carry out to the very best of my means. Do not change something in your coaching and simply get pleasure from it.
“I really feel the attributes you want as an elite sportsperson are transferrable. It’s good to have that contemporary mindset and we have chatted in regards to the variations between the 2 sports activities. It’s actually refreshing to listen to him.
“We have given him some sprinting methods,” laughs Shannon. “We do play tennis a bit – however solely on vacation. Cheriece’s forehand is kind of good and my backhand is not unhealthy. Possibly we want a training session.”