Christian Malcolm sets his sights on fifth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

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Christian Malcolm has revealed the pain of missing last year through injury has inspired him to try and reach a remarkable fifth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

Malcolm’s 2013 season was wiped out by an Achilles problem and the Welsh star has only just started to return to full training.

“I had a bad year in 2013 which was the first time in a calendar year I did not compete because of injuries,” said Malcolm.

“That gave me a lot to think about and the chance to relish going to a Commonwealth Games.

“Having a year out made me feel really down and I did not think I would be able to go out on my own terms.

“Knowing I would have had to retire because of injury would be hard to take.

“But I am slowly coming into a bit of running now and should have time to get ready for Glasgow.”

Christian won a silver 16 years ago as a teenager in the 200m in Kuala Lumpur and followed this up with a bronze in Delhi four years ago. The 34-year-old admitted it would be a tall order to complete the set in Scotland this year, especially with Usain Bolt rumoured to be running in the 200m.

“To be a Commonwealth champion would be amazing,” said Malcolm.

“But I am a realist and the sport has moved on, especially with the Jamaicans and even some of the guys close to home running so well.

“I know it’s not going to be easy but once you are in it you have an opportunity.

“It’s about me getting fit and getting on that starting line.

“I will be competitive and among the guys so we will see what happens.”

Christian has continually put back his retirement date with his latest statement saying he will bow out after Glasgow.

“I have said this will be my last season but you never know,” he added.

“I got a bit excited about London 2012 when I said I would finish with a home Olympics and go out on a bang.

“But when I got out there I did not want to finish.

“When I first started I said I would like to retire at the age of 35 because I looked at athletes like John Regis, Linford Christie and Colin Jackson and that is when they finished.

“I am not sure I respected when I was younger about what it took to last so long.

“I still get the buzz and excitement about being at a major championships and I don’t think that will ever go away.

“When I was younger I was like a headless chicken running around and not knowing what to expect and I think that’s a great place to be.

“Towards the back end of my career things are a little different.

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