DOHA: A race without David Rudisha won’t change Andrew Osagie’s tactics in tomorrow’s race at the IDL Doha 2014, the opening meeting of the Diamond League series.
The Briton, twice World Indoor silver medallist, is hoping for a good, fast 2014 debut race though.
“We are still in the beginning of the season so you don’t know exactly where you are. I hope I will get in the mix, run fast. The weather will favour fast times,” Osagie said yesterday.
“Even without Rudisha there is Aman. He is the fastest now, I still have to catch up to him. I know for Rudisha it won’t be easy to come back. I hope he does though and gets back in very good form.”
Jennifer Meadows was unlucky to miss the last two seasons due to injury, but she’s back strong and hopes to succeed this year in both the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the European Championships in Zurich.
“I have more expectations to do well in the Commonwealth Games. I have never individually won a medal so that’s a motivation for me. The Commonwealth Games are important for the British, it’s a long tradition. For every athlete it’s good to have Championships to compete in and especially in the women’s 800 metres there are some great athletes, the very, very top.
“I have not competed outdoors since September 2011, it’s a very long time. I feel really excited ahead of my race here in Doha. I just got a little bit more nerves. To qualify for the Commonwealth we have to prove ourselves twice in May and that’s pretty tough.”
Meadows has reached the podium at World and European Championships both indoors and outdoors but never before at the Olympics. Does this motivate her to keep on until 2016?
“If I had won an Olympic medal in London, I would have probably retired at the end of this year obviously because of my injuries. But now I am training really well, I am stronger and faster. Everybody keeps telling me about what Kelly Holmes did (two Olympic gold medals at age 34). In Rio I’ll be 35. It all depends on how 2015 goes for me. If I win two medals in European and Commonwealth that will be great,” Jennifer said.
For 25-year-old discus thrower Brett Morse this will be his first competition in Doha, but he’s been in Qatar before.
“I am pretty excited. It’s going to be a great competition against the world’s best. I’ve been in Doha in 2010 in a training camp in Aspire for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In my discipline we have the longest standing world record. Alekna and Kanter went close but I am not sure it’s going to be broken soon,” Morse said yesterday.