Malcolm happy with his progress after second indoor appearance

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The 32-year-old European silver medallist over 200m was making only his second indoor appearance of the year but almost sprang a surprise medal at the EIS, ending up in fourth in 6.68 seconds as gold went to Dwain Chambers.

Making Malcolm’s fourth place all the more impressive is the fact that he was battling illness in the build-up to the competition, but as the Welshman suggests, he is getting better at managing his creaking body with age.

“I’ve been sick for the last three days so to come out and run I’m happy with that,” he said.

“I’ve not been training for the indoor season so it’s just something I need to work on for the outdoor season really.

“When you get to my age you have to start being smarter with the way you train. You get to a pattern where you can deal with it after a period of time and then you have to change it.

“That’s where I’m at right now just changing it and trying to get used to running and training a certain way. I’m trying to go back to the basics. You start off with the basics and then you do all the hard graft and then you come back and mix the training with the hard graft. At the moment it’s going well.”

Up until the European Championships in 2010, Malcolm had never realised the potential that saw him claim 100m and 200m gold at the World Junior Championships in 1998, but then bagged silver in Barcelona, 12 years later.

33 come Games time, Malcolm is being ruled out by most as a medal contender at the London 2012 Olympics, but the Welsh ace is convinced he can be in the mix-up – provided he gets there first.

“Everyone’s planning for 2012 so I just have to qualify and make the team. That’s the first thing and then just go from there,” he added.

“I always think you have got to get there first, and then anything is possible. I honestly believe that on my day I’m one of the best sprinters in the world. As long as I can get into good shape I will always be aiming high.”

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