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Wales' fastest man has his sights set on Tokyo 2020, but only if he can raise enough money

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Dubbed 'the fastest man in Wales', 24-year-old Sam Gordon, is sprinting towards his goal of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The young athlete works part-time as a sports teacher to fund his running.

He hopes to become the first Welsh runner to complete the 100m sprint in less than ten seconds.

He currently holds the Welsh record at 10.08 seconds (with wind assistance).

Sam holds the Welsh 100m sprint record of 10.08 seconds. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

A member of Cardiff Running Club, Sam trains for roughly 20 hours a week around work.

Sam says juggling part-time work and training is not ideal as being an athlete requires your full attention.

Sam needs the money from working to pay for things like travelling to and from competitions and training as well as buying kit.

If he cannot make the money he needs, Sam says this could be his last attempt at a career in athletics.

The runner narrowly missed out on selection for the 2019 World Athletics Championships despite finishing in the top six at the trials in August.

Despite missing out on making it to the World's, Sam says he is well on his way to reaching that less than ten seconds goal.

If he makes that, he is confident it will make him olympic team ready saying: "It's that extra one per cent I need to get in order to get in the olympic team I think...If i do make it [to the team] I will bust out in tears."

Reaching the finish line in less than ten seconds would not only be a huge personal achievement, Sam says it could also change Welsh athletics dramatically.

It would be would be life changing but not just for myself but for Welsh athletics in general. It would change everything because it's not been done before...a whole door could open if someone achieves something of that magnitude.

– Sam Gordon

Our own reporter, Amit Nathwani, gave Sam a run for his money on the track when they met up - although a rematch may be in order.

Sam has a GoFundMe page to help raise the money he needs to cover training costs: