Monday, March 12, 2012
JODIE Williams admits the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul were little more than a reconnaissance mission, revealing she’s now training her sights on realising her childhood dream at London 2012.
The Welwyn Garden City 18-year-old squeezed through the 60m heats at the Atakoy Athletics Arena on Saturday in 7.40 seconds and while she improved that to 7.32 in her semi, that was good enough for just sixth place which resulted in elimination.
By her own admission however, the Herts Phoenix ace is far more comfortable with the roof off and she will now turn her attentions to qualifying for the 100m at London 2012, even though it’s the 200m in which she spent her junior career breaking record after record.
And as a result, she refused to be too downbeat with her performance in Istanbul.
“I’m pretty disappointed with my performance and I thought that if I ran like I know I can I could reach the final,” said Williams, who a year ago finish fourth at the European Indoor Championships in Paris.
“I haven’t quite put things together over the winter and I think that’s a mental thing more than anything and that’s something I will have to go away and work on.
“The reason I do indoors is because I don’t really start running until about 60m.
“That’s when I start coming through so I’m working on getting my start right and making sure I’m with the rest of the field and so I think it’s great to experience being here and seeing how fast the top athletes are over 60m.
“Now it’s onwards and upwards for the Olympics. I’m really concentrating on the 100m because it’s always been a dream of mine to do the 100m at the Olympics.”
Making Williams’ Olympic pursuit all the more difficult is the small matter of her A Levels, which she is studying for at Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar.
Indeed in Istanbul she has been juggling her homework while her final exam in PE will be just two days before the London 2012 trials in June.
With defending her 100m title and improving on her 2010 silver at World Junior Championships in Barcelona also possibly on the cards, Williams is due for a busy summer, but she’s convinced she can handle the workload.
“I’ve got a lot of work on at the moment actually, it’s been tough here,” she added. “And then my final exam in the summer is just before the trials which isn’t ideal.
“I’m not too sure about the World Juniors just yet. If I feel I need to get the race under my belt then I’ll go and do that just before the Olympics but reaching London 2012 is what I’m focused on now.
“The support we’ve received has been immense so far, especially during the Aviva Series.
“It helps so much when I’m competing to know that we have passionate fans backing our team.”
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