Nicoll ready for personal best repeat at Commonwealth Games

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Britain's Hannah Cockroft wins the women's 400m wheelchair
Britain's Hannah Cockroft wins the women's 400m wheelchair

Adele Nicoll believes she is capable of the second massive personal best of the summer that will be the minimum required for a Commonwealth Games medal.

The Powys shot put star added an incredible 0.42m to her lifetime best, throwing 17.59m to scoop a maiden UK title in June.

A throw of well over 18m was required to reach the podium at Gold Coast 2018 but the retirement of Kiwi legend Dame Valerie Adams has opened up the field.

And with British rivals Sophie McKinna, Amelia Strickler and Divine Oladipo all lining up in Birmingham, Nicoll wants to lay down another marker.

Nicoll said: “I know I need another lifetime best but that’s where I am right now, I’m in the shape of my life.

“I’d love to replicate what I did at the British Championships and make a solid mark. I don’t want to give up my British title easily.

“The rankings are a different story but for me, being able to turn up to a championships and perform is way more important than a piece of paper.

“I’ve never been in front of a crowd that has as much atmosphere as there was in Manchester and I know what the crowd does for me as a competitor.

“I’m hoping I can go and use that energy to come up with a performance I’m proud of.”

Nicoll won the British title but wasn’t selected for this month’s World Championships in Eugene having not fully met selection criteria.

The bobsleigh Winter Olympian believes she is still in the hunt for selection for August’s European Championships in Munich.

There are no complaints from the 25-year-old on missing the global gathering in Eugene.

“It can be confusing for fans because you see someone win the British title and then they’re not at the international,” she said.

“But I know how this game works, sometimes the politics of the sport and selection will be what they’ll be.

“I’m never going to complain about not being selected. If I’m not selected, I just have to throw further and do better.”

Women’s shot put is one of the strongest events in an ailing British field event scene.

McKinna has led the way, fifth on the UK all-time list with a 18.82m throw indoors, with Nicoll enjoying operating in the slipstream of a group of fine throwers.

“It’s healthy to have girls throwing as far as they are,” she said. “It’s the best that women’s shot put has been for a long time and I’m friends with all of these girls.

“Sophie is the number one and such a great performer. She now has a new technique which is seeing a bit of a drop in distance, but there is the capability there to pop out a dig one.

“I thrive on the competition, I love having them around and seeing them do so well does motivate me.

“Sometimes as athletes we can get lazy, particularly if there isn’t that competition and you can shy away from it. That’s not me, I will always turn up and welcome any competition.”

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