Marilyn sets out her number one target

PUBLISHED: 17:02 02 February 2011

Marilyn Okoro

Marilyn Okoro

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MARILYN Okoro has her sights firmly set on snatching back the prized British number one spot from rival Jenny Meadows this year.

The 26-year-old middle distance specialist from Neasden kicked off her 2011 season with third place in Saturday’s Aviva International 800m at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, clocking two minutes 2.99 seconds.

But it was Meadows, the world indoor silver medallist, who dominated the race and reversed her 2009 defeat at the same venue, with Germany’s Jana Hartmann overtaking Okoro in the closing stages to finish second.

Neverthless, Okoro, who had spent the previous three weeks at a UK 
Athletics endurance training camp in Kenya, felt encouraged by her performance in Glasgow.

“This race gave me a yardstick on what to work on, but I’m so happy to be back running,” she said. “It was a big ask but I felt so strong out there – I didn’t feel I ran 800m at all.

“Right now I’m in a really big endurance phase. I now need to snap back into my speed and that should not be too hard.

“It’s great to have someone like Jenny to push you. But I have a feeling the roles are going to reverse and my main aim at the end of the year is to be British number one.”

Okoro, who last topped the women’s 800m domestic rankings in 2008, will renew her battle with Meadows at the UK Championships and Trials in Sheffield on February 12-13.

She added: “I know come the trials my legs will be turning over nicely, so I am really looking forward to this indoor campaign.”

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