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Jenny Meadows 'pain free' after Achilles injury

Jenny Meadows
Meadows broke Kelly Holmes' British 800m indoor record in February

Great Britain medal hopeful Jenny Meadows says she is fully fit after recovering from an Achilles injury.

The 29-year-old middle distance runner has been hampered in her preparations for the European championships.

She told BBC Radio Manchester: "I ran at the Diamond League and that was the first time in four weeks where I managed to run in spikes pain free."

Meadows is one of Britain's main hopes for a medal after winning 800m silver and bronze at world level last year.

Speaking about the frustration on the injury Meadows added: "It's completely different to any other injury with the Achilles you are literally a prisoner, it's got its own mind and you can never predict what it's going to do.

"You can do something on it one day and the next you are back to square one.

It's completely different to any other injury with the Achilles you are literally a prisoner

Jenny Meadows

"After getting the world bronze medal last year I was looking forward to the European championships to build on that and it was tough going a few weeks ago.

"I was actually thinking that I'm not going to be able to make the start line and go the championships."

After winning World Championship bronze in 2009 and World Indoor silver in Doha earlier this year Meadows is beginning to come to terms with being one of the favourites each time she races.

She stated: "I've never been someone who's won medals year on year so I'm coming to these Championships when people are aware of me and I still have to pinch myself and say 'oh my goodness how have I got myself in this position?'

"I do feel a little bit stressed because of that but on the other part of it I think I've tried to get myself in this position, so I'm trying to see it as support rather than stress."

Meadows also believes other British medal prospects look good ahead of the Championships saying: "I think the Brits will do fantastic at the championships.

"So many of the British team are ranked high up in the rankings and I think this is what British athletics needs.

"As much as I want to get on the podium myself it's just so fantastic to be part of a successful team."


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