Meadows targeting a medal at World Indoors

After silver in 2010, British 800m runner Jenny Meadows wants to go one better in 2012 at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul

Jenny Meadows (Mark Shearman)

Olympic years can see some athletes take an overly-cautious approach to the season and often they will forego the indoor season to “save themselves” for outdoors. But 800m runner Jenny Meadows knows what works best for her, and targeting gold at the 2012 World Indoor Championships is part of her plan on the road to the London Olympics.

Meadows is now in the final stretch of her four-year training cycle, which started back in 2009. In each season since then, Meadows has picked up at least one major championships medal – a trend she hopes will continue this year.

“It’s quite surreal that it’s finally 2012,” said Meadows, who won bronze at the 2009 World Championships. “For so long it seemed like a date that would just never arrive.

“As athletes we train in four-year cycles and I remember so clearly starting this cycle back in 2009. To think that the Olympics are now just a few months away is both exciting and a little bit nerve-wracking.”

After her breakthrough 2009 season, Meadows built on that in 2010 with silver at the World Indoor Championships and bronze at the European Championships. Another silver came at the European Indoor Championships last year, but Meadows was devastated to miss out on making the final at the World Championships in Daegu last summer.

“Daegu obviously didn’t quite go as planned – I was shocked by the result and it did hit me hard for a while but I try not to dwell on it, all I can do is keep pushing for better results.

“I can’t let one competition get me down, I’ve had an incredibly successful couple of years and I’m confident that I’m on the right track ahead leading into London.

“I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself in 2012 – obviously everyone wants to do well, especially in your home country, but I don’t want to feel any pressure over it. I’m just taking things one step at a time and before we know it, we’ll be in the athlete village getting ready to race – it’s a really exciting time.”

Before the London Games though, Meadows will attempt to upgrade her 2010 silver when she competes at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March. At the previous edition Mariya Savinova – the current world champion – came out on top, but the Russian has started this year in shaky form and looks set to miss the World Indoors.

As part of her indoor campaign, Meadows will compete at the Aviva International Match in Glasgow on January 28, the UK Indoor Championships on February 11-12, and the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 18.

“Now that 2012 is finally here I want to make sure I stay in top shape and focus on every last training session, every competition along the way,” said Meadows. “At the moment the Olympics are still a little way off in my mind – I’ve got the indoor season to concentrate on first but then I’ll really start thinking about the summer.”

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