Charlotte learns a lot from de­but on world stage

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

Charlotte Tay­lor stepped out of her com­fort zone at the World Cham­pi­onships - and claimed it will only make her a bet­ter ath­lete.

The 23 year-old Nene Val­ley Har­rier has been en­joy­ing an out­stand­ing sea­son com­pet­ing for San Fran­cisco Uni­ver­sity - win­ning the pres­ti­gious NCAA 10,000m ti­tle in Ore­gon and low­er­ing her per­sonal best with a 32:11.00 time that was four sec­onds in­side the qual­i­fy­ing mark for Lon­don.

But Satur­day night’s World Cham­pi­onship bow was a whole new chal­lenge in her first race out­side the United States this sea­son.

The for­mer Spald­ing High School stu­dent - a for­mer world un­der 20 triathlon cham­pion - fin­ished 27th in a time of 32:51.33 as Olympic cham­pion and world record holder, Ethiopia’s Al­maz Ayana, de­stroyed the field to col­lect the gold.

“That was a big step up and it prob­a­bly showed with my per­for­mance,” she ad­mit­ted.

“I’m still learn­ing how to con­duct my­self in a big com­pet­i­tive race like this and I’ve cer­tainly learned a lot of lessons for next time.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m al­ready think­ing about what I’d do dif­fer­ently. I needed to keep calmer in the open­ing stages, when there are lots of girls and lots of bod­ies.

“The pace was all over the place and not as steady I planned for. There were re­peated in­jec­tions of pace and it made it a chal­lenge just to stay on two feet.

“How­ever, you have to pre­pare for ev­ery even­tu­al­ity and be adapt­able. Com­ing here I knew this would be a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and that was my only ob­jec­tive, to take things for­ward for next time.

“I’ve learned that you have to get in­volved in the race and keep fight­ing all the way to the end. I was still pick­ing up some places at the end

“This is my first ma­jor cham­pi­onships and hav­ing been here I just want to do it again. Next year is the Com­mon­wealth Games and the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, which are my next tar­gets.

“The at­mos­phere out there was in­cred­i­ble, it’s so spe­cial to have that ex­pe­ri­ence in front of a home crowd. I’ll re­mem­ber run­ning in that noise for the rest of my life, it gives you goose­bumps.”

Charlotte Tay­lor in ac­tion at the World Cham­pi­onships.

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