Vicki Barr insists she is on track for Olympics

VICKI Barr insists she is fully focused on the London 2012 Olympics, having missed out on Great Britain selection for this month’s World Athletics Championships.

Vicki Barr of Great Britain

VICKI Barr insists she is fully focused on the London 2012 Olympics, having missed out on Great Britain selection for this month’s World Athletics Championships.

The Gateshead-born 29-year-old was not among the 67 names announced for the championships in the South Korean city of Daegu, which run from August 27 to September 4.

Barr, who claimed Commonwealth Games silver as part of the 4 x 400m relay team in Delhi last October, said: “I knew the call was not going to come, to be honest, so it was not a major surprise when the squad was announced and I was not in it.

“My form in training had been good, but I picked up a virus two weeks before the trials.

“It was one of those tough decisions as to whether or not to put myself forward for the trial event, knowing I was not fully right, but in the end I decided I had to give it a go.

“My performance during the trials reflected the fact I was still suffering and so when the team was named for the World Championships I had already resigned myself to the fact I was not going to be on the plane at the end of the month.”

Looking philosophically ahead, she added: “I will be at home watching it on TV, but I will still be supporting all of the girls involved and wishing them all the best.

“Not having to compete in the worlds will also allow me the time to get myself properly right over the next two months, throw myself into my training and make sure I am flying by the time I go into the winter indoor season.

“It is all about London 2012 now and, like all British athletes, I am desperate to be a part of it.”

Boosted by a sponsorship from Worldpay, having had her UK Athletics Podium Scheme funding pulled last year, Barr said: “That will make a huge difference.

“I had been juggling a full-time job as a nanny with my training up until now, and it is possible that it contributed to picking up the virus which has affected my World Championship chances.

“The way Worldpay have got behind me means I can just focus purely on my athletics and doing myself justice in the run-up to the Olympics.”

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