Victory

'I hear the announcer say my name and as everyone cheers, I am completely oblivious as I am studying the track. I’ll have a better lead if I run 100m fast, and then pick up on the final 100m.'

This story is written in my point of view of what would happen if I won the 100m and 200m in the Olympics.

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1. Going for gold

                                                                           

Victory

 

I walk up to the start line. All of the anticipation has been leading up to this one moment. This is my one chance. If I don’t do it now, I’ll have another four years to wait. No. I can’t wait that long. I have to win. Dos, not don’ts, dos, not don’ts. I have to keep telling myself that. This is the 200m. You are the world and Olympic champion in the 100m. Why not be the same in 200? 

 

Everyone told me beforehand that if I lose the 200m I would have still won the 100m and at least I leave with one gold medal. They all say that they will be happy if I got silver or bronze, but to me, gold is the only option.

 

I hear the announcer say my name and as everyone cheers, I am completely oblivious as I am studying the track. I’ll have a better lead if I run 100m fast, and then pick up on the final 100m.

 

I take my mark. Everyone falls silent. Suddenly, the roaring of the gun echoes around the stadium. I came out of the block the slowest but suddenly the rest of the girls started disappearing behind me. My legs start to feel like I’m walking on stilts but I know I can’t stop. If I do, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life. If I stop now, to me it will always be the day I gave up and let someone else win. But that’s just not me.

 

I see someone in the next lane creep up but before I know it I see the home stretch and pick up speed. It feels like the finish line is getting further away. I have to keep running at my top speed, it’s the only way I’ll win. It feels like a lifetime before I finally cross the finish line. Before I know it I stop running and everyone is cheering. I have no idea why and look at my coach in confusion. He has a huge smile over his face but I still have no idea what’s going on. Until I look up at the screen. The stats read: Davies, GB: 1 time: 20.00. I don’t believe it! A world record!

 

They lead me back to the Team GB headquarters where I have a chance to see my family. The impact of winning a second gold hasn’t quite sunk in yet. But it clearly has for mum, wiping her many joyful tears.

 

Standing on the podium for the second time. How did I go from a girl who would win her 100m and 200m finals in school sports day to a girl who wins both the 100m and 200m OLYMPIC finals? As I’m presented my medal I can feel tears starting to form. I forget about everyone else and let them fall. I congratulate the others and realise that I am the Olympic champion! Nothing will ever compare to this moment. Nothing. 

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