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Garcia says he has a "full battery" as he prepares for his 13th athletics World Championships

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Published on September 23, 2019 - Duration: 01:14s
Garcia set for his 13th athletics World Championships
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Garcia says he has a "full battery" as he prepares for his 13th athletics World Championships

SHOWS: DOHA, QATAR (SEPTEMBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

SOUNDBITE (English) RACE WALKER JESUS ANGEL GARCIA SAYING: "The motivation is like a battery.

Like a battery.

You have the battery full of energy, it is no problem, because every morning to get the target, the objective, your dreams, this is the secret you have a full battery, the heart will be matching, it is no problem.

It is only in the brain, no more!" 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

SOUNDBITE (English) RACE WALKER JESUS ANGEL GARCIA SAYING: "I don't know, I don't know.

For me, now I am dreaming to finish in August 2020 in Tokyo.

I don't know in this moment my feeling...tears, happy.

I don't know.

Maybe it is satisfaction.

Satisfaction." STORY: When Jesus Angel Garcia lines up on the start line of the 50km race walk on Saturday (September 28) in Qatar, he won't be lacking in experience.

In fact, no athlete in history has been to more IAAF World Championships than the 49-year-old Spaniard.

Incredibly, he won gold in his first back in 1993 in Stuttgart, and while he hasn't matched that success again, he has appeared at every tournament since, apart from London 2017.

Doha will mark his 13th appearance.

The likes of Linford Christie (100m), Michael Johnson (400m), Haile Gebrselassie (10,000m) and Mike Powell (long jump) were fellow world champions in 1993, but while their achievements feel like ancient history, Garcia is still competing at the highest level.

There was silver in Canada in 2001, a ninth place in 2015 in Beijing at the age of 45, and he took bronze in Berlin in 2009 (later upgraded to silver when the champion, Sergey Kirdyapkin was disqualified for doping) the same year that Usain Bolt became a global superstar with his 100m and 200m victories.

Speaking to Reuters Television in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday (September 23), Garcia said he can't really explain his longevity, but insisted he has no problem get up every morning to train, comparing himself to a "battery".

And he has no plans to finish just yet - the Tokyo Olympics beckons next year, and if Garcia makes it, he will become the first track and field athlete to compete at eight different Olympics, after taking part in Barcelona in 1992.

(Production: Iain Axon)

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