Kevin Moore will tomorrow run in the heats of the 200m at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
After his selection as Malta’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony last week, Moore today celebrates his 24th birthday, and will be hoping to give himself a belated birthday present by advancing to the next round.
Moore has set new national records for Malta in both the 100m and 200m events this year prior to his Commonwealth Games selection.
“Really, I can’t complain at the moment as everything’s going well for me,” Moore said.
“I’m really proud to be the holder of the national records in the sprint events but I hope that I will be able to continue to lower my times. I always want to go faster and faster.”
Having represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi prior to switching nationalities, Moore last month became the first Maltese athlete to win a race at the European Team Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia, with his winning time of 21.06 seconds in the 200m was just 0.02 shy of the record he set in Geneva earlier in the year.
Moore said his 200m race in the Championships came at the right moment.
“The race in Tbilisi was another high point for me this summer.
“I was really nervous before the start of the race and I didn’t have the best of starts. But, then I got myself into the groove and ran the rest of the distance strongly to end up a comfortable winner.”
Moore will be hoping to break the 21-second barrier in Glasgow, with his current personal best sitting at 21.04 seconds.
“I’m looking forward to running. The result (in Georgia) filled me with confidence. I want to go under the 21-second mark which is my next step now.”
There are 11 heat’s of the men’s 200m scheduled on the program tomorrow, which will open proceedings on Day 7 of the Games.
The announcement of Moore’s heat and lane draw, as well as his race results, will be posted via the Sam Maxwell Sports Management Twitter Account.