Jones eyes indoor gold

Eurosport - Fri, 29 Jan 18:01:00 2010

Lolo Jones believes the lack of major outdoor competitions in 2010 has made it easier to focus on defending her world indoor 60m hurdles title in Doha in March.

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The 27-year old has been the dominant force of American indoor hurdling in recent years, winning the national championships for the past three seasons and lifting the world title in Valencia two years ago.

But the American has perennially fallen short outdoors with a clip of the penultimate hurdle in the Olympic 100m final in Beijing seeing her drop from first to seventh.

And Jones was denied the chance to make up for her Olympic disappointment at last year's World Championships in Berlin as she fell in the semi finals of the national championships and missed out on qualification for the US team.

But with no major outdoor championship to contest this season, the American admits she has one main goal in 2010 - defending her only major title.

"Obviously the world indoors is going to be priority number one for me this season," said Jones, who missed the last few months of the 2009 season after tearing her hamstring at the Zurich Golden League event in August.

"I'll have the Diamond League events over the summer but my main focus is indoors and I'm really excited about the World Championships.

"It's my only major title so I'm going to do all I can to defend it.

"I'm feeling good this year as well. I've already run one race and indoors has never really been a problem for me - it's just outdoors where I have got my injuries."

The American's international season begins in earnest at the Aviva International Match at Kelvin Hall on Saturday where Jones will defend her 60m hurdles title against the likes of British Olympian Sarah Claxton and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis.

And as captain of the USA team which also features Carmelita Jeter, who became the second fastest women in history over 100m last season, and 2004 Olympic 200m champion Shawn Crawford, Jones insists  the Americans will be tough to beat in Glasgow.

"I'm really excited to go for it tomorrow," said Jones. "I feel like I am in as good shape as I was at this point last season and obviously I won then. And this year I think the USA are really trying to win it.

"We've really beefed up our team with some good athletes and we've never won it before so I think that's the goal this year.

"Last night in the team meeting, I told everyone I think this is our year and everyone is really motivated to win it."

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