n Photo courtesy of UGA
Aaron Evans holds the Bermuda record in the 800 metres.
* Photo courtesy of UGA. Aaron Evans holds the Bermuda record in the 800 metres.
n Photo courtesy of UGA
Aaron Evans holds the Bermuda record in the 800 metres.
* Photo courtesy of UGA. Aaron Evans holds the Bermuda record in the 800 metres.
By Don Burgess 
dburgess@bermudasun.bm
Aaron Evans isn’t getting ahead of himself. 
One couldn’t blame the young 800 metres runner if he did. After all, he did break Steve Burgess 25-year-old mark – not once, but twice in a two-week period.
First he ran a 1:47.00 at the SEC meet and then He lowered the record to 1:46:26 as a sophomore at Georgia University.
Just how special is that?
Evans time is so fast, that if he had been entered into the last Commonwealth Games, it would have been good enough for the silver medal. He wouldn’t have medalled at the Beijing Olympics, but it would have been faster than one of the competitors in the 800 metres final.
While Evans has booked his ticket for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and has an eye on the London Games in 2012, but his first order of business is the NCAA National Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon next week.
The middle distance runner was ‘disappointed’ with his record-breaking performance at the SEC Championships.
“It was bittersweet because I really wanted to win it. There was school pride and a lot on the line. The second time I broke the record it was kind of surreal to run that fast. I didn’t realize that I had run 1:46.26. It didn’t hit me until that night.”
The economics major attributes to getting in more distance as part of base as to why he’s running near three second faster than last year. 
“I’m doing more than speed and sprint work.”
Props
He has been getting a lot of props from the local track and field community.
“They’re showing me a lot of love and the coaches at my school are really happy. He wasn’t expecting these kind of times.”
Evans said for the national championships he isn’t the favourite.
“I don’t want to say that (he’s the favourite). I’m just going to run to win and whatever happens, happens. I want to make finals and once I make finals it’s about beating people.”
With almost sort of Southern ‘aw shucks’ attitude, Evans claimed other runners won’t be gunning for him because he’s still an unknown and other more accomplished middle distance runners will be the ones with the targets on their backs.
His long-term plan is to qualify for the London Games. 
“From my freshman year, I was just trying to knock a second off of my time every year. I knocked three seconds this year so even if I take off a second between now and 2012, that will put me in a good spot to make it past the prelims in the Olympics and into the semi-finals.” n
Aaron Evans isn’t getting ahead of himself. 

One couldn’t blame the young 800 metres runner if he did. After all, he did break Steve Burgess 25-year-old mark – not once, but twice in a two-week period.

First he ran a 1:47.00 at the SEC meet and then He lowered the record to 1:46:26 as a sophomore at Georgia University.

Just how special is that?

Evans time is so fast, that if he had been entered into the last Commonwealth Games, it would have been good enough for the silver medal. He wouldn’t have medalled at the Beijing Olympics, but it would have been faster than one of the competitors in the 800 metres final.

While Evans has booked his ticket for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and has an eye on the London Games in 2012, but his first order of business is the NCAA National Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon next week.

The middle distance runner was ‘disappointed’ with his record-breaking performance at the SEC Championships.

“It was bittersweet because I really wanted to win it. There was school pride and a lot on the line. The second time I broke the record it was kind of surreal to run that fast. I didn’t realize that I had run 1:46.26. It didn’t hit me until that night.”

The economics major attributes to getting in more distance as part of base as to why he’s running near three second faster than last year. 

“I’m doing more than speed and sprint work.”

Props

He has been getting a lot of props from the local track and field community.

“They’re showing me a lot of love and the coaches at my school are really happy. He wasn’t expecting these kind of times.”

Evans said for the national championships he isn’t the favourite. “I don’t want to say that (he’s the favourite). I’m just going to run to win and whatever happens, happens. 
I want to make finals and once I make finals it’s about beating people.”

With almost sort of Southern ‘aw shucks’ attitude, Evans claimed other runners won’t be gunning for him because he’s still an unknown and other more accomplished middle distance runners will be the ones with the targets on their backs.

His long-term plan is to qualify for the London Games. 

“From my freshman year, I was just trying to knock a second off of my time every year. I knocked three seconds this year so even if I take off a second between now and 2012, that will put me in a good spot to make it past the prelims in the Olympics and into the semi-finals.”