Danvers sets her sights on more Olympic glory

TASHA DANVERS has designs on clinching the ‘missing medal’ for Great Britain at next year’s Olympic Games in London.

TASHA DANVERS has designs on clinching the ‘missing medal’ for Great Britain at next year’s Olympic Games in London.

Britain’s athletes have been set a target of winning eight medals at the Games, one more than the haul collected at the recent World Championships in Daegu, by UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee.

Olympic 400 metres hurdles bronze medalist Danvers, who missed the World Championships as a precaution after injury, believes she can make up the shortfall and add to her podium finish in Beijing in 2008.

“My intention is always to get on the podium - otherwise I would just retire,” said the 33-year-old.

“To me, making a team and making a heat or a semi... I’ve been in athletics too long to just have that goal.

“If I was younger, it would be different. I’m coming to the back end of my career now, where those medals are the things I should be aspiring to. That’s where my goals are set.

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“As long as I can keep my body in one piece I don’t see why it’s not possible.”

In Danvers’ absence, there was no British representation in the women’s 400m hurdles final after European bronze medallist Perri Shakes-Drayton missed out on a place as a fastest loser by just 0.01 second and Eilidh Child was sixth in her semi-final.

But Danvers was full of praise for her peers, saying: “I think they did excellently.

“People see you run well and think it’s easy to walk out into World Championships and make finals. It’s not easy - especially in our event.

“Perri did really well to get as far as she did and Eilidh is not a full-time athlete - she’s also balancing life as a teacher with being a world-class athlete. They both did very well in their own right.”

The highlight of the Daegu event for Danvers, though, was seeing training partner Dai Greene storm to Britain’s first gold medal in the men’s 400m hurdles.

“It definitely got me off my seat,” she said. “It was the perfectly executed race. I was so proud of how he performed and just him as a person. He’s a really great guy and he deserved that medal.

“He busts his bum on a daily basis and it came together for him on the day and I’m really glad about that.”

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