Guam - Local runner Derek Mandell will be running the 800-meter race in London along with teammate Amy Atkinson who will also be competing in the women's 800-meter race. Mandell recently competed in the Oceania Championships in Cairns Australia where he brought home a gold medal in the 1,500-meter and a bronze in the 800-meter event.
Mandell told KUAM Sports, "I was training at a high performance center down there along with other Oceania athletes and training has been great, it has definitely picked up intensity a lot in those last 6 weeks. I've been training with a coach who has coached Olympians before for Australia and I had a training partner from Vanuatu who will be also be running the 800 in London. Well the 800 its kind of a border line sprint and distance run, you can't relax at any point of the race so you're basically trying to run as fast as you can for 2 laps without relaxing at all. The hardest part of the race is the last 200 where all your energy systems are used up and you're fighting with whatever you have left."
He added, "Intensity will be a lot more intense, start to sharpen up and focus more on race pace sessions. Being able to withstand the race pace for longer than you're your actually going to run the race just so you can build the tolerance of pain and fitness. Goals and expectations is to drop my times in the 800 and it's within reason to try and shoot for the Guam National record of 1:53 but if that doesn't happen it's still to try and get a new personal best out of it."