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Interview: 2nd fastest man ever over 200m – Nicholas Paul

As the World Cup season approaches, we interview the man who recently rode the 2nd fastest 200m time in history (9.378 seconds at the Pan-American Games in Aguascalientes, Mexico), and a rising star from Trinindad and Tabago on his way to Tokyo 2020 glory.

Let’s get straight to it, how does it feel to have ridden the 2nd fastest 200m time in history?

It feels really great to have accomplished this. This really motivates me to continue working harder and I am always glad to bring positive attention to Trinidad and Tobago.

Did you expect to go so fast? And what are your thoughts of the track in Mexico?

I never really know beforehand how fast I will go, I just train to the best of my ability and execute on race day. The track in Mexico is an extremely fast track – it’s mind blowing how fast a cyclist can move at that altitude!

Do you have any stats on the ride?

I don’t have any power data, but the average speed was 76.775km/h

Nicholas Paul Interview: the 2nd fastest man ever over 200m
Nicholas Paul Interview: the 2nd fastest man ever over 200m

So taking it back, how and when did you start track cycling?

I started cycling as a rehabilitating process for a football injury – this was in 2013.

You broke through the ranks very quickly, what has been your secret to success?

My secret to success is trust first in GOD, self-discipline, consistency, dedication and family support.

The recently opened brand new velodrome in T&T is surely a great boost to track cycling in the region, where do you see it going from here?

The velodrome is really a world class asset to Trinidad and Tobago and the region. Its contribution can be phenomenal for cycling. However, its full potential can only be realized by proper management.

T&T has also just appointed a new coach, how are you finding that?

My experience with the new coach (Erin Hartwell) has been great thus far – I am learning a lot and this has aided my development as a cyclist.

Nicholas Paul Interview: the 2nd fastest man ever over 200m
Nicholas Paul Interview: the 2nd fastest man ever over 200m

You train with experienced riders like Njisane Philip, what have you learnt from him?

It is great for cycling in Trinidad and Tobago to have a strong team of Elite Sprinters. As a young cyclist, I value every learning opportunity.

Tell us something that we wouldn’t know about you?

I wanted to be a professional football player!

What are your interests outside of cycling?

Spending time with family, watching football and sleeping.

Nicholas Paul Interview: the 2nd fastest man ever over 200m
Nicholas Paul Interview: the 2nd fastest man ever over 200m

What is a typical training day for you?

A typical training day starts with a gym session in the morning and ends with a track session in the afternoon.

What are your goals for the future?

My primary goal is to win a medal for Trinidad and Tobago at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!

Interview by: Matthew de Freitas

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