Houston ready to rocket
Tre Houston, the Bermuda sprinter, feels he is on the fast track to smash the national 100 metres record when he competes at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Houston was denied that milestone at a meet in Florida last month after a wind gauge malfunction prevented him from becoming Bermuda’s fastest man.
The 24-year-old posted a time of 10.22sec at the NTC Last Chance Meet in Clermont to beat Devon Bean’s long-standing record of 10.27, which his former coach set while preparing for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Disappointed but undeterred, Houston has put that misfortune behind him and is confident that record will tumble when he steps onto the biggest stage of his career at Hampden Park, the Games’ track and field centrepiece.
“My main goal at the Commonwealths is to make both my finals and take the national record in the 100,” said Houston, who will also run the 200 at the Games.
“I definitely need to bring my A game and hopefully I can execute and perform to the best of my capabilities.”
Houston ran his quickest 200 at the National Invitational and Club Championships in St Kitts and Nevis at the Silver Jubilee Stadium last month, posting a time of 20.81.
He admits that there is “plenty of room for improvement” in the 200 — his best event — and has set his sights on shattering that time in Glasgow.
“Obviously I want to make the finals of both my events but I really, really want to make the finals in the 200,” said Houston, who has been based in England for the past week, putting the final touches to his preparations.
“I know I have plenty of room for improvement in the 200 and hopefully I can shave a few tenths of a second of my PB [ which is 20.72]”
Houston made his Commonwealth bow in New Delhi, India, in 2010, achieving a then personal best in the 100 in 10.45 and reaching the semi-finals in the 200, clocking 21.25. However, he believes that the level of competition will be far greater in Glasgow.
“I’ve been looking at the times some of the guys have been running and it will take a lot for me to make the finals,” said Houston, who is ranked 68th in the 100 and 55th in the 200 IAAF world rankings.
“I have to keep the faith and stay positive. I can’t really think about what I did four years ago in New Delhi because there will have been many guys who have burst onto the scene since then.
“All the hard work is done and it’s just about competing now — that’s easy part. A lot people say I’m a championship runner but I’ve sometimes been hit or miss, so I really have to deliver in Glasgow.”
Houston relocated to his namesake city in the United States in October, having spent last season in Bermuda after returning home from London where he had trained for the previous two years.
Last season proved to be a stop-start one for Houston, although he did manage to claim a sprint double at the NatWest Island Games in Bermuda, setting competition records in the 100 and 200 and a personal best in the 100 in a time of 10.34.