Gold is the perfect springboard for Jenny Meadows

WIGAN’S Jenny Meadows insists gold in the 800m at the Sainsbury’s Indoor British Championships is the perfect springboard as she looks to conquer Europe next month.

Meadows was in total control as she showed all her experience to come across the line in 2:01.43 minutes at Sheffield’s EIS on Sunday.

Jenny Meadows after winning the 800m in Sheffield on Sunday

Jenny Meadows after winning the 800m in Sheffield on Sunday

There was a second-place finish for Shelayna Oskan Clarke in 2:02.91 and bronze went to Katy Brown in 2:03.39, but it was Meadows who stole the show with a convincing performance from start to finish.

The 33-year-old now looks towards the British Grand Prix in Birmingham next week, but admits she has one eye on March’s European Indoor Championships in Prague.

“It feels nice to have a medal,” said Meadows, who was speaking at the event in Sheffield, which sees Sainsbury’s act as the Major Event Series partner of British Athletics.

“That’s what I came here to do so it’s always a relief.

“I kind of shocked myself because I went really, really quick through the 400m and I really didn’t intend to. Then I had a decision to make whether to go with it or to back off a little bit.

“I decided to back off but I’m almost kicking myself a little bit now because I probably could have kept that level. But it wasn’t my plan so I’m happy.

“It’s good to get a win, to qualify for Prague and now I can look forward to doing the British Grand Prix next week.

“I made that decision to back off, I’m disappointed in the time but that is still the fourth fastest time in the world this year which is mad when I think about it like that.”

British record holder Meadows is comfortably on top of the pile in terms of British athletes this year, running sub-two minutes on January 31 to go nearly four seconds clear of anyone else in the country. But the high-class opposition in Prague will prove a much sterner test for the Wigan AC athlete, who has more silverware on her agenda when she travels to the Czech Republic.

Meadows added: “I think I’ve got a really good chance in Prague. I’d love to win the gold medal in Prague but just definitely a medal.”

Sainsbury’s is a proud partner of British Athletics. The partnership reflects Sainsbury’s wider commitment to inspiring healthy lifestyles for all, and complements grassroots campaigns such as Active Kids and the Sainsbury’s School Games.