Marilyn: this time it'll be different
PUBLISHED: 16:50 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010
By Ziad Chaudry MARILYN Okoro goes in search of revenge over her British 800m rivals when she runs in Friday night s London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace. The 24-year-old British number one from Neasden lost her national title two weeks ago, but is
By Ziad Chaudry
MARILYN Okoro goes in search of revenge over her British 800m rivals when she runs in Friday night's London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace.
The 24-year-old British number one from Neasden lost her national title two weeks ago, but is determined not to repeat the same mistakes when she renews her fierce rivalry with Jenny Meadows and new champion Jemma Simpson.
"I got criticised, but it wasn't necessarily my natural way of running," Okoro told the Times. "There were too many girls running in front of me and I tried but gave up a bit at the end.
"I learnt a lot tactically from that race and I'll be looking for revenge over Simpson and Meadows when I meet up with them again. I expect Crystal Palace to be a quicker race."
Okoro warmed up for the south London clash by posting a season's best of one minute 59.56 seconds at last Friday's Golden League Meeting in Saint-Denis, near Paris.
In-form American Anna Williard pulled away from the leading pack to win on a damp Stade de France track, with Okoro finishing fourth behind Italian Elisa Cusma-Piccione and Oksana Zbrozhek of Russia.
"I'm still finding my form back but I haven't done 1:59 for ages, so it wasn't bad," added Okoro. "I can pat myself on the back but there is still work to do.
"I hope to keep moving in the right direction, but what I really want is waiting for me [at the World Championships] in Berlin, so I'm going to do my best to get it. My confidence is back and the positive vibe is back."
Tickets for the Crystal Palace meeting are available on 0800 0556 056, or you can pay on the day.
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