Athletics: Sir Chris passes on golden touch

ABBEYHILL long jumper Allan Hamilton admits he faces a make-or-break two weeks if he is to board the plane to Canada in July for the World Junior Championships.

The 17-year-old George Watson's College pupil faces a tall order to hit the qualifying standard having recorded a season's best leap of 7.05 metres – exactly 50cm short.

Hamilton must also top the podium at the English Under-20 Championships in less than two weeks to automatically qualify rather than wait on the verdict of the selectors.

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The Edinburgh Athletic Club long jumper is all too aware of the mountain he has to climb in order to travel to Canada and admits it is simply a case of win or bust.

"I have got a big few weeks coming up now and it is a really important time for me. I really want to win at the English Under-20 Championships and get myself to the world juniors," said Hamilton. "It is going to be difficult because I will need to win there and get the qualifying distance to guarantee myself a trip to Canada. The qualifying distance they have set is quite high but I am quietly confident I can do it. I have got my exams out of the way now and I can just go for some really hard training and just go for it for the next few weeks."

Hamilton received a boost in his bid towards qualifying for the World Junior Championships having received tips from four-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy as part of Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week. Hamilton said: "I had a good chat with Sir Chris and we were just talking about my sport and what I am doing now in training and competition. He was a really nice guy and he is probably the biggest name I have met but he is really down to earth. He is a great sportsman and it was really inspiring to meet and spend the day with him."

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