Eurosport - Thu, 04 Mar 14:46:00 2010
Kelly Sotherton returned to competitive action for the first time in seven months last weekend then insisted her time on the treatment table can be her secret weapon in 2010.
Sotherton competed in the shot at the McCain City Challenge at Lee Valley, the first time she has taken to the track or field in anger since the World Championship trials in Birmingham last July.
A heel injury forced the Olympic heptathlon bronze medallist to miss the Berlin event.
But after getting her comeback started in earnest in London the Birchfield Harrier was adamant her chance to take stock will help fire her to glory this year.
"It's been very frustrating over the winter with the injury hampering things but overall it could do me some good," said Sotherton.
"My coach has always been telling me to take a step back and not push myself so hard so this has enabled me to take a bit of a break and let my body recover.
"I've been able to take a step back and concentrate more on a lot of technical things, which is something you don't normally get to do as a heptathlete.
"I feel I'm probably better technically than I have been in a long time. So, if I can get everything together, it should be a good year."
Competing as a guest in the shot Sotherton was not eligible to challenge for the victory but ended with a best throw of 14.41 metres.