Emily Diamond gets another chance to stake her claim for the Olympics
EMILY Diamond has been handed a lifeline which could earn her a place in the Great Britain team for the Olympic Games.
The 21-year-old Bristol & West AC runner will line up for the 400m in Lucerne tomorrow after UK Athletics chiefs intimated to Diamond, who finished fourth in the Olympic trials last weekend, that if she can run another fast time, she will be considered for the 4x400m relay team for London.
"I spoke to Charles van Commenee (UKA chief coach) and he said I am in contention, but to give myself a better chance I need to run another 52 seconds time," said Diamond.
"Fortunately, I have a place in the 400m in Lucerne, which is a fast track and if I can run low 52 seconds, I should have a chance, especially as I beat Nicola Sanders in the trials."
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Former Bristol Grammar School student Diamond, who made her name as a top-class junior 200m sprinter, has only raced the 400m five times, but has already brought her personal best down to 52.69secs to place seventh in the UK Rankings.
"It's a great opportunity and I'll give it everything and then we'll see what happens," added Diamond, who was a winner of the Easy Runner/Evening Post athlete of the month competition in May 2007.
It will be Diamond's last chance as the selectors meet on Monday to finalise the team for the London Olympics.