Beth Dobbin insisted her big-time debut in London tonight can push her to even greater heights after she claimed bronze in the 200 metres at the Athletics World Cup.
The new Scottish record holder ran 22.95 seconds to finish behind the highly-ranked duo of Shericka Jackson and Jenna Prandini with the USA claiming overall victory in the inaugural edition of the event.
But the Edinburgh AC ace, who will run the 100m at next weekend’s Muller Anniversary Games in London as a final tune-up for the European Championships, revealed she had opted not to set foot inside the 2012 Olympic Stadium in case it jinxed her hopes. But she said: “It was just like any other track, a normal track. So when I stepped out I was quite calm. I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be. The first time this year I’ve felt a bit out of reach. That’s good because that’s where I want to be in the future. Them girls are ranked second and fourth in the world this year, I’m ranked something like 51st. So I’ve done well to be as close to them as I could. I need to start mixing it with those girls.”
Meanwhile, Josh Kerr will be handed one more chance to steal a spot at the Europeans with the Capital starlet set for his Diamond League debut in London next weekend when he will take on middle distance rivals Charlie Da’Vall Grice and Neil Gourley with only one to land a start in Berlin.