Moultrie in indoor race to make up for lost time
TWO anni horribili have taken their toll, Jo Moultrie concedes. The 25-yearold is playing a game of catch-up to make up for lost time. Karma owes the Glaswegian a break and this weekend’s UK Indoor Championships in Sheffield is an opportunity for a down payment.
Missing the Commonwealth Games by a sliver of a second was an irritation. The heart defect that sidelined her last summer of greater concern. With that worry now alleviated, it was onward ho, she thought. Alas, an unwelcome cold plagued her hopes of making an impression at the grand prix in her home city last weekend as her mission to earn a legal 3000 metres qualifying standard for next month’s world indoors in Portland was thwarted. “I didn’t think it would affect me,” she laments. “I feel I can do 8:57 I’ve had some good sessions and have good speed. I just couldn’t get on it in Glasgow.”
With the domestic championships doubling as the trials, she will hope for a perfect storm at the English Institute for Sport. “I’m running well so I’d like to have a go at the time for the world indoors,” she confirms. “I’m confident about doing that. And then outdoors, I’d like to start pushing towards 5000m and moving up.”
Several years passed between Moultrie’s two vests for Great Britain & Northern Ireland but a call-up for last month’s Edinburgh XC seemed to be a milestone. In between, she went on scholarship to New Mexico where the altitude was invigorating and the collegiate system instructive.
Now working part-time for the Glasgow Athletic Association, she has been asked to import the knowledge gained and spread it around. “Some of the stuff I worked on in New Mexico has helped me here. I’ve even done some online courses in digital marketing and I’ve tried to incorporate that.”
Rutherford has pulled out of this weekend’s Indoor British Championships through illness – but said he still plans to compete at next month’s World Indoor Championships in Portland.
The Olympic long jump champion, who was forced to miss last Saturday’s Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix with a small muscle tear, has withdrawn from the Sheffield meeting after suffering a chest infection.
Rutherford said on Twitter: “Sadly I wont be jumping in Sheffield this weekend. I’ve had a chest infection on top of the small injury so its a no go.”
HIGH HOPES: Jo Moultrie is aiming to make her mark