The 400m hurdler was a little overwhelmed by London 2012 but is confident she’ll be better prepared this summer
Eilidh Doyle says she did not quite realise how amazing London 2012 was going to be – a mistake she will not make this year!
She explains: “I think we all went into 2012 not expecting it to be as big as it was. Some of us perhaps might not have been ready in 2012 and found it a bit overwhelming. But we will be ready for it this time.”
Her high expectations of next month’s IAAF World Championships are based not just on the Olympic experience but on how the “absolutely electric atmosphere” has carried on into successive Anniversary Games.
The 400m hurdler is also confident that the atmosphere will spill on to the track and that “we can expect big performances from the British athletes because of the home support”.
Recognising that many athletes go through long careers without ever competing in a home championship, Doyle feels that her cohort are more fortunate than they sometimes realise.
She adds: “Sometimes when an event is over there is a down period and you ask ‘what’s next?’ but I have never experienced that. It’s been the domino effect.
“After 2012, Glasgow 2014 was just round the corner and now we have 2017. After London 2017 it is just a few months to the World Indoors in Birmingham.
“I feel very lucky to have had a home Olympics, a home Commonwealth Games, a home World Championships and then potentially home World and European Indoors to come.”
While Doyle is highly motivated by London 2017, she does doubt – as a Scot – if anything will ever top her Glasgow 2014 silver and especially the lap of honour. “It was a very emotional moment but one I got to share with everyone I wanted to. Everyone – my husband, my family, my coach, everyone who should have been – was in Hampden Park. So I don’t think I’ll ever have that moment again. It takes something special to top that!”
In London she is looking for a good performance in the 400m hurdles as well as adding to the relay medal collection she has amassed in recent years.
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