Sprinter’s gold is welcome sur­prise

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - ATH­LET­ICS JACK MILLER

HAV­ING only been back on the track for a week, Libby Clegg was not ex­pect­ing much from Sun­day’s An­niver­sary Games.

But af­ter win­ning in Lon­don, the Bolling­ton sprinter ad­mits she is con­fi­dent of more suc­cess at the World Cham­pi­onships later this year.

The 25-year-old claimed gold in the T12 200m at the Olympic Sta­dium at the week­end along­side her guide Mikail Hug­gins, in a promis­ing time of 25.22 sec­onds – just 0.12 off her na­tional record.

She pipped the Chi­nese duo of Liu Cuiqing and Zhou Guo­hua, of whom the lat­ter had run the quick­est time in the world so far this year.

And hav­ing fully re­cov­ered from a back in­jury and bruis­ing to the ball of her left foot that had plagued her sea­son so far, Clegg is ex­pect­ing only to go faster and faster in the build up to the Worlds in Doha.

“I’ve had a few in­juries and only been back on the track a week, so I re­ally didn’t know what to ex­pect,” she said.

“Zhou was the world leader this year and ob­vi­ously got a sil­ver medal here in Lon­don a few years ago, and it was a tough draw in lane eight.

“But we got out well and were wait­ing for them to try and get us on the bend.

“I feel like I’m on good form and that’s only go­ing to get bet­ter in the few races I have now be­fore Doha. So fin­gers crossed ev­ery­thing goes to plan and no more in­jures!

“Doha is im­por­tant con­fi­dence-wise as a step­ping stone for Rio, as if you pick up gold there it re­ally sets you up well. But you can never pre­dict what could hap­pen.”

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●● Libby Clegg

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