World triathlon champion Non Stanford admits she hasn’t ruled out running the 10,000m at next year’s Commonwealth Games
Newly-crowned world triathlon champion Non Stanford has revealed a triathlon/track double at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow could be on the cards.
The 24-year-old claimed victory at the grand final of the ITU World Triathlon Series in Hyde Park on Saturday and afterwards admitted that she hasn’t ruled out contesting both the triathlon and the 10,000m in Glasgow next summer.
“I haven’t completely ruled it out,” she told the BBC. “It would be really special to try to do the double.”
Stanford stepped up to senior success after winning the ITU world under-23 triathlon title last year, but it was in athletics that she first made her mark. In 2004 she was asked to join the first ‘On Camp With Kelly‘ trip to South Africa and earlier this year the Welsh triathlete, who made the transition from a middle-distance to long-distance runner while under the initiative, told AW: “To this day, Kelly and the ‘On Camp’ family is still an integral part of my team.”
Welsh Athletics has set an ‘A’ qualifying standard of 33 minutes for the 10,000m in Glasgow, a time Stanford has met on the road this year, just before the qualification period began, as she clocked 32:39 at the Trafford 10K in March.
“I’ve run the qualifying time on the road, but I would have to do it on the track,” she explained to the BBC.
“It would be tough,” she added, “but I would have to sit down with my coaches and discuss how plausible it would be.”
Stanford is not the only British triathlete to be contemplating the triathlon/track double in Glasgow. In a recent interview with AW, Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee admitted he still enjoys the idea of racing the Commonwealth Games 10,000m.
Brownlee impressed the athletics world in April when he ran 28:32.48 in the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in California, a time that only two Britons – Mo Farah and Chris Thompson – have beaten this year.
However, the England qualification ‘A’ standard for men at the 10,000m in Glasgow is 27:50 while the ‘B’ standard is 28:10 and the 25-year-old has said that finding a race where he can attack the 28:10 target might prove too tricky.
“I’d love to (run the Commonwealth 10,000m),” he said, “but I have to qualify so I think realistically it’s going to be hard as I’d maybe need to run about 28:10 to qualify and that won’t be easy.”
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