CINews spoke to Alex’s father Damian regarding his son’s achievements and plans for the next 12 months.
The middle-distance athlete clocked in at 1.51.18 in the 800m at the Trafford Grand Prix, part of the British Milers Grand Prix series.
Damian said the chance to compete against some of the best runners in Europe was a big drawcard for Alex.
“The grand prix series has some fantastic talent from around Europe and the UK as well as a number of top runners from Australia and New Zealand between the southern hemisphere seasons.
“Alex had a tough 2016/17 season with a couple of really niggly injuries and so after the Commonwealth Games in April, he made the decision to go straight to the UK season to get some good competitions under his belt.
Damian said when he spoke to Alex after his record-setting run, he was his usual critical self.
“He said ‘I’ll take the win and the time, but I know I can get faster’. And that is just Alex: he sets himself some very high targets to achieve, but he knows what he wants.”
Next on the calendar for Alex is continuing to build towards the Polynesian Championships, to be held in Tahiti in November.
“Alex has also been in talks with Oceania Athletics about trying to get into one of their high-performance squads,” said Damian. “Athletics can be quite a challenging sport to train for when it is just you on the track and so these squads bring athletes together to train and race together, pushing each other to achieve their best times.”
After the Polynesian Championships, Alex will head to New Zealand for the summer athletics season starting at the end of December, as he targets the Pacific Games in Samoa next July.