Chatting with Olympian Matt Hughes

Matt Hughes has the Canadian record in the men's 3,000m steeplechase. We asked him a bit about his event heading in to Rio.

August 11th, 2016 by | Posted in Rio 2016 | Tags: , , ,

IAAF World Track & Field Championships 2015. Beijing, China. Day One, Morning Session . August 22, 2015. Photo: Claus Andersen
IAAF World Track & Field Championships 2015. Beijing, China. Day One, Morning Session . August 22, 2015. Photo: Claus Andersen

This interview appeared in our July/ August issue.

Event: 3,000m steeplechase, Canadian record holder (8:11.64)

Canadian Running: Provide us with an idea of what the hardest training session will be to prep for Rio.

Matt Hughes: The last three months leading into the Olympics, I will do a “specific session” every 12 days, which is often harder than the actual race I run.

CR: What do you think the hardest event is at the Games?

MH: The steeplechase of course! Three kilometres, 35-, 36-inch barriers (which don’t move), seven of which are water jumps. Actually, equestrian seems hard.

CR: Do you visualize being in Rio in your training?

MH: Of course! Visualization is key. If you can’t see yourself winning, how can you believe?

CR: What’s the best part about being an Olympian?

MH: Knowing you’re a part of fewer than one per cent of the world who pushes their bodies to the limit on a regular basis.

Did you know?

The steeplechase originated as cross-country races across the countryside, where runners would have to jump low stone walls and streams.