London 2012 - Diamond ready to sparkle in 400m

Tue, 13 Mar 10:11:00 2012

Emily Diamond is adamant her embryonic 400m career will come to life in time to earn herself an unlikely relay berth at this summer's Olympics.

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The 20-year-old pupil only embarked on her first full winter of proper 400m training this year having previously plied her trade as a 200m sprint specialist.

In doing so Diamond is far from making it easy for herself with the 400m likely to be one of the most competitive nuts to crack at the London 2012 Olympics.

Reigning Olympic 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu and as well as world silver medallist Nicola Sanders are just two of the plethora of established names in contention.

Diamond is only too aware of her upstart status but after anchoring the British squad to 4x400m relay bronze at the World University Games last year she is not short of self-belief.

"I have been working on the 400m mainly over the winter with the big target being the Olympic trials this summer," said Diamond.

"Everything has been going well and the times have been good so I do have the belief that if the times go well then hopefully I can be challenging for that team.

"I have been running good reps in training and, while I will have to play it by ear and see how I am running in the summer, an Olympic spot is what I am going for.

"The relay is obviously very competitive but it would be amazing to be part of a home Games. I am still learning the 400m at the minute and learning how to pace my races but I am enjoying it."

Diamond's London 2012 potential has not gone unnoticed with Spar again selecting her to be part of their Sprint Stars scheme that provides support ranging from funding to equipment to travel.

And that re-selection, plus a brush with a global athletics superstar last month, has left Diamond more motivated than ever to achieve her Olympic goal.

Diamond, having clocked 54.08 seconds over 400m, was trackside in Stockholm as two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva broke the indoor pole vault world record.

And Diamond added: "It was great to be at a meet like that with such a massive crowd, the atmosphere was amazing.

"The crowd was going wild and when you race at events like that you just want to keep going to them, it's really motivating.

"It was amazing. It was my first grand prix-type standard competition and while the race didn't go how I wanted to it was a great experience."

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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