As London 2012 loomed, talented 110m hurdler Alex Al-Ameen dreamed of competing for Team GB in his home city.
Finishing fifth at the British Championships that year, Al-Ameen narrowly missed out on Olympic qualification. Then in 2014, Al-Ameen’s former coach Rana Reider encouraged him to run for Nigeria as he had a Nigerian passport.
2014 proved to be a breakthrough year for Al-Ameen as he climbed into the top 3 for the first time after coming fifth in 2013 for the second year running.
However with no World Championships or Olympics that year, Al-Ameen set his sights on representing England at the Commonwealth Games.
Recalling the moment which led to his most successful season Al-Ameen says: “I wanted to make my first national team. I moved up to Leicester. I sacrificed everything, left my flat I had, left my job.”
Having narrowly missed out on Commonwealth selection for England, Al-Ameen decided he head to Nigeria to run the national trials.
He was rewarded finishing second in a time of 13.56 seconds, 2 hundredths off his personal best and reaching the final of the Commonwealth Games for Nigeria.
Now 29, Al-Ameen’s 2014 personal best stands to this day, but he still remains hungry to make his first World Championships and Olympic Games.
Featured photo: Tomas Meehan.