A promising 22-year-old British athlete who is tipped to be the next Usain Bolt has revealed that he nearly became an estate agent before making headlines as a sprinter.
Reece Prescod comes from East London and has been hailed as an athletics sensation over the past year after winning a shock 100m victory at a British Team Trials event in Birmingham in July last year.
He also made the final of the IAAF World Championships to compete against Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin.
The Walthamstow-raised Prescod came seventh in the race, but went on to beat Gatlin in the Men’s’ 100m race in Shanghai and almost beat Linford Christie’s British Record at a later event.
But Prescod has now revealed that, while enduring several injuries as a junior, he nearly packed it all in to join the property industry.
Asked by TalkSport radio recently about what he would have done if he hadn’t made the grade as a sprinter, he said: “If I’m honest I probably would have been working as an estate agent,” says Prescod.
“I was very close and I had job interviews with quite a few estate agents.
“I liked property, and I was quite good at negotiating sales and stuff, so I was heading down that road.”
And when Prescod is done with running, he told the BBC this week that he might return to his ‘Plan B’ career and return to estate agency, a sensible move given the short careers athletes enjoy; Usain Bolt recently retired from running at the tender age of 30.