Josh Kerr admits he’s already ‘mind games’ ahead of his final 1500m showdown with Timothy Cheruiyot and Jakob Ingebrigtsen.
The Scot wants to improve on his Olympic bronze medal at the World Championships on Tuesday.
Kerr won his heat on Sunday in three minutes and 36.92 seconds ahead of reigning world champion Cheruiyot and Olympic gold medalist Ingebrigtsen.
Both beat Kerr in Tokyo last year but while he admits playing with his rivals, he believes he has the experience to do more than just show off in Eugene.
“Beating them didn’t make any difference, I just did it because it was a little bit fun,” he said.
“But that’s not a show off of what’s going to happen on Tuesday. It’s going to be a completely different race. I’ve been working on my weaknesses and I’m hoping to get a better color than bronze.
“I will give everything I have. You’ll just watch me as I hope to play the best chess game of my life. Hopefully I can get away with something better than ever.
“I’ve been running since I was nine and I’ve learned a lot over the years. This finale will be an accumulation of 15 years of really hard work.
“Look around at me. I take advantage of being in the US time zone. I live here.
“I’m just taking every advantage and every little percentage I can get because I was 0.4 seconds off silver last year and I’m not going to lose that anymore.
“I’m here to put on a show for everyone and hopefully I can get everyone’s day (in the UK) off to a really good start.
“I just want to go out there and do a fantastic job and they should know I’m giving my all for Britain. Hopefully we can find some cutlery.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/josh-kerr-eugene-tokyo-b2126030.html Josh Kerr is ready to let his rival heat up Eugene