St Austell's Simpson out to wrap up place in World Championships
Cornwall's Jemma Simpson will be looking to rubber-stamp her place in the Great Britain team for the World Indoor Championships this weekend.
The Newquay & Par athlete won the 1500m at the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield last weekend but was agonisingly just 0.68secs outside the qualifying standard of 4mins 14secs.
Now Simpson has been handed the chance to achieve that time with an invite to the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix on Saturday.
“My first goal this season was to win the British title and I was delighted to do that on Saturday,” said Simpson, whose family live in Polgooth, near St Austell.
“The second goal was to make the GB team for the World Indoors and finally my third goal was to run well at the Worlds next month.
“I need to find 0.68secs but that shouldn’t be a problem in the Birmingham race as there is going to be a top class field.
“This was only my second race indoors and each event is bringing me on and hopefully by the time of the World Championships in Poland I should be in great shape.”
For the past six years Simpson has shied away from the indoor circuit because of injury fears but the former Penrice School student has proved she hasn’t lost her ability to run fast on the boards.
“I am enjoying it and it is nice to start winning races again,” added Simpson.
Also in Sheffield last weekend 18-year-old Cornwall AC athlete Jordanna Morrish finished eighth in the high jump clearing 1.73m.