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Welcome back to 5 Questions, where we pick the brains of people from all areas of the running scene. Today, we were lucky enough to catch up with British 1500 Champion and NCAA Indoor 1500 meter record holder, Chris O’Hare. Follow him on Twitter @chrisohare1500
5 Questions with Chris O’Hare
1. Daily Relay: Congratulations on being named to Great Britain’s team for the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in Moscow. How much does it mean to you to make this team?
Chris O’Hare: It means a lot to be named to the GB team for Moscow. It is great to be recognized, and for all the hard work to finally be paying off.
2. Daily Relay: You were so close to the ‘A’ Standard in Oordegem, Belgium, running 3:35.37. What did you take away from this effort? Did you realize you would have to win the British championship to make the squad?
Chris O’Hare: Oordegem was a great experience and I am glad that I managed to get the ‘B’ standard to keep me in the running for selection. I knew that I had to win the trials or it was going to be very difficult for the selectors to select me. I wanted to give them no doubt that I am the best man for the job.
3. Daily Relay: Great Britain has always had a famed history of milers. Who were some of the greats you looked up to as a youngster growing up in Scotland?
Chris O’Hare: I always watched videos of Seb Coe and Steve Cram with my older brother Ryan. That is where I found my love for pushing the body to the limit of what it can do.
4. Daily Relay: You won the indoor mile title for Tulsa in 2012 and set the indoor NCAA record this year. How did you end up in Tulsa in the first place and how has your American experience shaped you as a runner?
Chris O’Hare: I knew that I wanted to come out to the USA. It was just a matter of finding the right school for me. After months of deliberation with my family, we decided that Tulsa was the best fit for me academically and athletically. I truly believe that making the move to the states was entirely necessary for my success.
5. Daily Relay: We’re a few weeks out from Moscow right now. Any plans to race beforehand? And what are your plans post-Worlds? How much eligibility do you have left at Tulsa?
Chris O’Hare: I decided to not race after the trials/before the Worlds to make sure that I was ready and firing on all cylinders for Moscow.
I have a cross country season and an outdoor season left at Tulsa. We will see how Worlds goes and take things from there regarding eligibility.
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