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Tagoe takes consolation from relay medal

PUBLISHED: 16:55 25 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:42 20 September 2010

By Nikki Wicks WILLESDEN sprinter Annie Tagoe picked up a bronze medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games after her team finished third in the continental medley relay. The 17-year-old narrowly missed out on the honours in the individual 100m event in S

By Nikki Wicks

WILLESDEN sprinter Annie Tagoe picked up a bronze medal at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games after her team finished third in the continental medley relay.

The 17-year-old narrowly missed out on the honours in the individual 100m event in Singapore over the weekend, but was determined not to leave empty-handed.

And Tagoe got her wish on Monday with a medal in the relay - in which each quartet runs 100m, 200m, 300m and then 400m - to help ease her disappointment after finishing fourth in the 100m.

After the race she said: "I wasn't going to go home without a medal. I had seen some of my team-mates' medals and I really wanted one so I am delighted."

Tagoe, whose sprinting talent was only discovered last year at her school sports day at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Harlesden, finished fourth in the girls' individual 100m with a time of 11.73 seconds.

Despite limping from the track after winning her heat with a time of 11.78, she had gone into the final among the favourites to make the podium.

However, Tagoe - who made her senior debut for Thames Valley Harriers earlier this month - vowed to learn from her Olympic experience.

"I could have done better and I could have run faster, but I'm excited to make a final and I'll take the positives out of it," she said. "I've loved it here.

"I didn't have any problems with my knee, but I felt my hamstrings, which wasn't good. I need to have some physio treatment and relax."

The teenager, who will remain with the GB squads until the end of the Games today, now has her sights on the European Junior Championships next year - and perhaps even the 2012 Olympics in London.

She added: "I'll still be very young for London 2012, but it would be amazing to get chosen for the relay.


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