Thomas Somers (athlete)

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Thomas Somers
Personal information
Born (1997-04-28) April 28, 1997 (age 21)
Yorkshire, England
Sport
CountryFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 200 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m: 10.68 (Cudworth 2013)
200 m: 20.37 (Eugene 2014)

Thomas Somers (born 28 April 1997) is a British sprinter who specialises in the 200 metres. He tied DaBryan Blanton for the second fastest 200 metres ran by a youth athlete, only behind Usain Bolt, and was ranked as the 6th fastest senior European athlete over the distance in 2014 while still competing as a youth. [1] [2] [3] A former England U16 rugby international, Somers initially took up athletics to compliment his rugby training but after taking advice from Adam Gemili quit rugby to do athletics full-time in late 2013. [2] [4]

Sprint (running) running over a short distance in a limited period of time

Sprinting is running over a short distance in a limited period of time. It is used in many sports that incorporate running, typically as a way of quickly reaching a target or goal, or avoiding or catching an opponent. Human physiology dictates that a runner's near-top speed cannot be maintained for more than 30–35 seconds due to the depletion of phosphocreatine stores in muscles, and perhaps secondarily to excessive metabolic acidosis as a result of anaerobic glycolysis.

200 metres sprint running event

The 200 metres is a sprint running event. On an outdoor race 400 m track, the race begins on the curve and ends on the home straight, so a combination of techniques are needed to successfully run the race. A slightly shorter race, called the stadion and run on a straight track, was the first recorded event at the ancient Olympic Games. The 200 m places more emphasis on speed endurance than shorter sprint distances as athletes predominantly rely on anaerobic energy system during the 200 m sprint.

DaBryan Blanton is an American sprint athlete. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he was a three-time Big 12 champion in the 100 metres, until 2005, when he decided to sign a professional contract with Nike.

In 2013, Somers represented Britain at the World Youth Championships running a new PB in every round and finishing the final in 4th position with a time of 20.84 seconds. [4] [5] In 2014 while still eligible to compete at youth level Somers represented Britain at the 2014 World Junior Championships where he ran a new personal best and European Youth Best of 20.37 seconds in the semi final before tiring in the final itself and finishing in 7th place. [6] [7] [8]

2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics

The 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics was the eighth edition of the biennial international athletics competition for youth (under-18) athletes. The five-day competition will take place between 10–14 July at the RSC Olimpiyskiy stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine.

2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics sportive competition

The 15th World Junior Championships in Athletics was an international athletics competition for athletes qualifying as juniors which was held at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, USA, on 22–27 July 2014. A total of 44 athletics events were contested at the championships, 22 by male and 22 by female athletes. A total of 1546 athletes from 175 countries were participate.

In February 2015, Somers tore his hamstring in the semi final of the 60m at the British Indoor Championships and after undergoing surgery he was ruled out from competition for the rest of the 2015 season. [9]

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