Meadows aiming to conquer

Jenny Meadows (left)  in action
Jenny Meadows (left) in action
Share this article

JENNY Meadows is hoping to dodge injury and bad luck after she made her long-awaited return to the track at the weekend.

The Wigan Harrier had to settle with a fourth-placed finish in the women’s 800m final at the British Athletics Championships in Sheffield.

She led for the first half, crossing the the line less than a second behind 20-year-old winner Laura Muir, Meadows clocked a time of 2.06.80, after completing the first lap in 1.06.37.

The Great Britain ace 
qualified for the final by storming the third heat on Saturday at the Sheffield arena in a time of 2.05.68 – the fastest of any of the qualifiers.

She was denied a medal-winning comeback following a nightmare two years dogged by injury, but said: “I have only been back running for just over two weeks after being really ill and then pulling my calf.

“No excuses – hoping I can have a steady period of training and racing this year so I can get back to my true form.”

The 32-year-old hopes her comeback was the first step towards qualification for the World Indoors – and draw a line under her bad luck following an horrific run of injuries.

An Achilles problem which crushed her London 2012 chances, and during her return she was sidelined again by a fractured thighbone.

She has eyes on the World Indoor Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships this season – but will need to prepare without Lottery funding, after she was dropped last year.

“Obviously the financial stress will ease once I get back to competing and actually earning some prize money, that’s something I’ve not done over the last two years,” she added.

“I keep saying if a major injury happens again I can accept it and hold up my spikes and say ‘I’m doomed. I can’t do anymore’.”

Meadows featured at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and won World Championship bronze the following year.

Elsewhere last weekend, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson cleared 1.96 metres in the highjump to set a new British record.

The previous record she broke, of 1.95m, belonged to Wiganer Susan Jones (now Moncrieff), who sent her message on Twitter to congratulate the new record holder: “Amazing! So pleased for you. Enjoy it all, onwards and upwards. From the now former British record holder.”