Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake: 'The elite mindset will always win the race'

    Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake was a member of Britain's victorious 4x100m team at the World Championships in August 2017.

    Story highlights

    • English sprinter Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake aiming for Commonwealth gold
    • Michell-Blake believes athlete with "elitist mindset" will "always win"

    (CNN)Imagine your life changing forever in less than 20 seconds.

    That's what happened in May 2016 to Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, a British sprinter who clocked 19.95s at a college athletics meeting in Alabama.
      Lining up on the starting blocks relatively unknown outside of track and field circles, Mitchell-Blake crossed the line as the second-fastest Briton of all time over the distance behind John Regis.
      He went on to run the 100m in 9.99s a year later in Columbia, South Carolina, in another personal best performance.
      It means he is only the second Briton in history after Adam Gemili to break both 10 seconds for 100m and 20 seconds for 200 meters.
      "It sounds very simple but trust me it's not!" says Mitchell-Blake, telling CNN Sport it's mind over matter that allows certain competitors to rise to the top.
      "The person with the elite mindset, I believe, will always win the race," he contends. "It's about being mentally strong which allows your body to be physically strong and just committing to the cause."

      Commonwealth hopes

      The next destination for the ambitious 23-year-old is Australia's Gold Coast where he will represent England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.