January 09, 2012

Istanbul a Crucial Stop on Meadows' Road to London

Reigning World and European indoor bronze medallist Jenny Meadows has set her sights on dual major titles this year after announcing her intentions to compete at both the Aviva International Match and Aviva Grand Prix.

Meadows, who is affectionately known as the ‘Pocket Rocket’, will kick-start her 2012 season at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall on 28 January – an event she has won for the last four years – before travelling south of the border to the West Midlands to compete at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena on 18 February at the penultimate IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting of the season.

The 30-year-old endured a mixed season last year, taking silver in the 800m and 4x400m relay at the European Indoor Championships in March before narrowly missing out on a place in the two-lap final at the World Championships in Daegu in September by just .09 seconds.

Meadows was in fantastic form in the run-up to the Championships in Korea, winning her first national title at the Aviva UK Trials and Championships in July and taking the coveted Diamond Race title for her outstanding performance in the elite Samsung Diamond League series.

But the Wigan athlete is determined not to dwell on the disappointment of Daegu and will target the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul (9-11 March), then the London Olympic Games, as the ideal opportunities to break her major championships title duck.


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