By Robert Davis: Stoke-on-Trent 800m runner Emma Jackson will begin her Olympic pursuit in Doha.
The race in Qatar is the first Diamond League meeting this year, and will provide an indication of the 23-year-old’s form ahead of the 2012 Olympics.
The Stoke AC athlete impressed last year when she made the semi-finals at the World Championships in Daegu, Korea.
But despite her jet-set lifestyle, the 2010 Commonwealth Games finalist insists the Northwood Stadium remains her most profitable training base.
“I’ve always stayed local to Stoke-on-Trent, it’s where I’m happiest and I think that’s best in Olympic year,” she told StaffsLive.
Jackson praised her coach Alan Morris.
“I’ve been with Alan for over 11 years now and I trust his training. I know he’ll get me to where I want to be.”
Jackson will line up tonight (May 11) against a world class field including Kenya’s defending Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo.
Meanwhile, sprinter Ashleigh Nelson has a nervous wait to see if her Olympic dream is over after suffering a hamstring injury at last weekend’s University Championships.
Nelson said: “So far everything’s going well, it doesn’t seem as bad as I first anticipated.”
The 21-year-old should know the full extent of the damage next week.