Men's Track Features

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Gerald Phiri moved from Zambia to Great Britain at the age of 4. He began sprinting when he was 9. And by the time he was 17, he had won double UK Junior (under-17) titles, winning the 60 in 6.83 and the 200 in 21.57. He was also the British record holder in the 200 meters.

So he was fairly confident that he'd see some success at the collegiate level.

"I knew I had what it took to be one of the best in the world," he said. "I knew I'd be competitive. I just didn't know how competitive."