Personal Best


United Kingdom 2012, 75 mins
Director: Sam Blair

Filmed over four years, PERSONAL BEST follows up-and-coming British sprinters on their journey from the grassroots of athletics to the international stage. The film is both a gripping portrait of the athletes in training and competition, and a deeply personal account of their lives unfolding, revealing victory, defeat, agony, ecstasy and the simple trials of growing up.

On the eve of the 2012 Olympics, PERSONAL BEST tells the stories of James Ellington, Richard Alleyne, Jeanette Kwakye and Omardo Anson, four of Britain’s most promising young sprinters, as they strive to realise their dreams.

This is an inspiring but genuine portrait of Britain’s youth and a penetrating study of the art of sprinting, peeling back the layers so we can finally understand everything it means to them as they wait on the start line for the gun to fire.

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