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YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018

We chat with aspiring athlete, Paul who has been selected to compete at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 this coming October. Best of luck!

ATHLETE INFO:
Name: Paul Seyringer
Born: 18.02.2001
Country: Austria
Discipline: Middle distance (800m – 1500m)
Personal bests: 800m = 1:51,79 / 1000m =2:27,40 / 1500m = 3:57
Successes International: 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival – 4. Place
2017 IAAF U18 World Championships Qualifier
2018 European U18 Championships Györ 9. Place
2018 Youth Olympic Games Qualification Buenos Aires
Successes National: 12 Austrian U18 – U23 Championship gold medals
3 Austrian U16 outdoor records (800m / 1000m / 1000m indoor)

YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018

HOW MANY RUNNERS FROM EUROPE WILL BE COMPETING IN THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES?

Only eight 800m runners from Europe are allowed to start at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. I was able to qualify myself for this unique event, which will take part from 4th to 18th October at the main City of Argentina.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?

For me it is a great chance to show my potential, and a big step in the right direction. I always wanted to take part at an Olympic event, and it’s a big pleasure to represent my country. The most important thing to perform well in October is definitely the preparation. The body and the mind have to be in a decent shape to run fast 800m and to be able to challenge my competitors from all over the world.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM YOUR RUNNING CAREER?

In the last years, I have learned that running is a mental thing, its all about the heart and the mind. If you train hard and have a clear mind, everything is possible, that’s what I believe in. In less than two months I have to be ready, but I am very comfortable with that, because my training is going well and I feel very strong. Currently I am in St. Moritz, a beautiful little City in the Swiss Alps. It’s a paradise for runners and a perfect place to put in some quality miles and good training sessions on the track. But it’s not only the beautiful atmosphere in St. Moritz, it is also at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level, which brings even better quality in my training sessions. I will be here in Switzerland till 18th of July. When I am at home again we will start to do some faster sessions on the track again and we have also planed two competitions in Austria to get some race feeling before heading to Argentina.

WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF MOTIVATION YOU’LL TAKE WITH YOU TO THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES?

My biggest motivation is to get that feeling, when you cross the finish line and everything you worked for so hard every single day pays off.

WHO INSPIRES YOU IN THE RUNNING SCENE?

Sir Mo Farah inspires me every day, he is such a great athlete. What I like most about Mo is his will and his performance at the home straight, he is so strong!

WHAT ONE PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG ASPIRING ATHLETES?

Everything is possible, it’s not always easy, but if you work hard and keep chasing the dream, you can do it!

 Follow Paul’s journey on Instagram.