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    Antonio Infantino

    Sprinter

    Where are you from?
    I live in West London, but I grew up in Hertfordshire and my parents are from Italy.

    Fun Facts

    • Favourite Food

      - Seafood risotto

    • Favourite Film

      - I love Werner Herzog, most of his films make my top ten.

    • Favourite Music

      - I listen to rap when I warm-up. I listen to everything from house/tech to jazz when I’m at home.

    • Favourite Book

      - Sporting-wise I loved David Epstein ‘The Sport’s Gene’. But Daniel Dennett’s Freedom Evolves just edges it.

    • Dream Holiday Destination

      - Ibiza, obviously

    • Who are the most important people in your life?

      - My parents, without them I couldn’t have achieved anything I have done.

    • Favourite TV Show

      - Curb Your Enthusiasm. It’s funny every time.

    • When you aren’t training, what are you doing?

      - Working at Sky Sports, sitting in my flat and reading, or writing about sport and music for some online magazines.

    • Any other hobbies?

      - I like to do one cool thing each year. Last year I actually had a weekly DJ slot at Radar Radio London. This year I wrote a book on success in elite sport with a close friend and sports agent.

    Background

    I work for Sky Sports.  I’m a part-time athlete and compete in the 200m, where I have won several national titles and competed internationally for eight years.

    I grew up in Hertfordshire and competed for the county before my first England cap at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2008.  I then studied at Kings College London, where I got my undergraduate degree in Philosophy. I represent the Italian national team.

     

    Interview

    Have you always been into fitness?

    Yes. I played a lot of sports growing up whilst attending Haileybury boarding school in Hertfordshire.

    How did you get involved with Athletics?

    I started playing football from very young, before winning my first English Schools 100m title at fourteen.  I then competed for Great Britain at youth and junior level before switching nationality to Italy as a senior.

    Best athletic or sport related achievement so far?

    200m Semi-Finalist at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam.

    What are your ambitions for 2016 and beyond?

    After just missing out on an Olympic Spot in Rio (I ran 20.62 and needed 20.50), I am very much hoping to represent Italy in the European Indoor Champs in March 2017, where I’ll be stepping up to the 400m.  And then next summer the World Championships 2017 are in my home city.

    Who are your sporting & non sporting role models and why?

    Italian sprinter Pietro Mennea held the World Record in my event.  He’s from the same place as my mother is from.  We probably have the same genes!

    Tell us something that most people don’t know about you?

    I love reading (and writing) about science.  I’m an avid New Scientist reader.

    Can you describe the feeling when you competed or made a great improvement/achievement in your sport and what it was?

    Running a personal best, or competing in front of thousands of people in a packed stadium is a massive rush.  The highs in elite sport don’t compare to normal life.  I love working at Sky Sports, but in the office everything moves by in a mundane, levelled manner.  In elite sport there are soaring highs (and devastating lows).

    What are you top three sport nutrition tips?

    1. Eat your greens, lots of them.
    2. Limit the amount of supplements you consume. Choose the most important five.  I use Whey Protein, L-Glutamine, ZMA, BeetIt Nitrate shots and D-Aspartic Acid.
    3. Consume lots of Beetit/beetroot products. The nitrates will keep you going.

    What are your top three training tips?

    1. Performance in training doesn’t matter. I’ve trained with Lashawn Merritt and some of the World’s best sprinters and they don’t care about training.  Practice is practice.  You want consistent blocks at an intensity and volume your body can deal with.on’t ignore your body, if you need a rest day take it.
    2. When you have a bad day or when you get injured, keep going. Your greatest performance is just around the corner.
    3. Rest is best. Everything week that goes by, ask yourself what you can do less of.  If the training isn’t a necessity, lose it!

    Why do you use Beet It and how has it helped you?

    It makes me hit the wall a lot later in running sessions that produce a lot of lactic.

    How important to you is it that it is natural?

    Very important.  I try to go 90% plant strong and don’t eat processed foods.  I also take a lot of pride in being a clean athlete.  Beetroot comes out the ground.

    Have you tried the full range and if so which product do you use the most and why?

    Beet It Sport Nitrate Shots, I consume two on race day.