Jenny Meadows admits she is desperate to make next summer’s Olympic final and add to her impressive resumé.
The 34-year-old 800m runner has been at the top of the game for more than a decade having won World Championship bronze in 2009, world indoor silver in 2010 and, in 2002, was part of the England team that won 4x400m relay at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Last season saw her ranked as the number one indoor runner in the world but illness hampered her chances at a medal at the Europeans in Prague.
And she also struggled at the World Championships in Beijing where she finished seventh in the semi-final.
But Meadows knows that there isn’t long left in her career and wants to ensure she races on the big stage during next year’s Games in Rio.
“I am desperate to be in that Olympic final but every training session between now and then is important,” she said.
“It’s strange because I think when you are seven you just have all this ambition which is great, and I always just presumed I would go to the Olympics.
“Once you get older you probably realise the significance a little bit more but as you’re young you just take it in your stride.
“So it would be fantastic to go to the Olympics and I keep forgetting just how impressive it is to be an Olympian.
“I think when you dream of medals you just think about the process but I realise that representing Great Britain is an amazing experience.”