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Johanna Jackson looks forward to 2012 test event

Johanna Jackson
Jackson became the first British woman to win a major race walk title

Commonwealth race walk champion Johanna Jackson is looking forward to being one of the first athletes to test a 2012 Olympic course.

The 26-year-old will be taking part in a test event of the 20km race walk circuit on the Mall on 30 May.

She told BBC London 94.9: "Of course the location is fantastic just by Buckingham Palace.

"It should be a great atmosphere being there. Hopefully the Queen will be watching next year."

Jackson, who won the Commonwealth race walking gold in Delhi, will be among the athletes testing the 2km loop of the Mall and Constitution Hill.

"People probably don't know a lot about it. We haven't had success in a while," added Jackson.

It is really exciting for them and obviously some of them will get to race it twice

Dr Andrew Drake

"I have been the first one to come along and get some success for the event. Hopefully if they come and see us at the test event they will come back and see us again in a year's time."

Director of race walking at Leeds Metropolitan University is Dr. Andrew Drake, who is also Jackson's coach.

He said: "It is really exciting for them and obviously some of them will get to race it twice.

"It will be invaluable to be able to visualise over the next year or so having been able to race on the course they will be competing on.

"It is great for their motivation and just looking forward to the Games themselves."

The first 2012 test event will be on the morning of 30 May, when the Olympics and Paralympic marathon route will be tackled by 50 invited athletes.



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see also
London 2012 test events unveiled
24 Feb 11 |  London 2012
Jackson powers to 20k walk gold
09 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games


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