Emily Diamond (coach: Dan Cossins) admits she can’t wait to make her senior Great Britain & Northern Ireland debut at today’s IAAF World Relay Championships. Diamond has been selected to run the third leg of the women’s 4 x 400 metres with Eilidh Child (Malcolm Arnold), Shana Cox (George Williams) and Margaret Adeoye (Linford Christie). The quartet will be aiming to qualify for Sunday’s final at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. “I’m really excited. I was selected for London 2012 which was my first senior selection but I didn’t end up running so for my first senior run I’m really excited but also really nervous. “I’m running well, I feel that if I do what I’m capable of then I should put on a good performance for the team. “I think the World Relays are a really good idea because it gives people like me the opportunity to run in a world championship against some of the world’s best athletes.”
The 23-year-old has been drawing upon the experience of her fellow team mates, particularly Christine Ohuruogu. “Christine is a massive inspiration and I look up to her,” revealed the Bristol & West athlete. “I see what she’s doing and how she copes with stuff. She’s a really good person to learn from. I will definitely be enjoying it but at the time enjoyment is after when you’ve made sure you’ve got the job done.” A recent personal best of 52.32 has given Diamond a massive confidence boost. “I’ve changed coach and I’ve moved back to Bath to be coached by Dan (Cossins), who was my original coach before I went to university. “That seems to have been working well and I’ve done a lot of my sessions with 400 metre boys so they have been giving me a head start chasing me down which has really helped in training and getting me on to the next level.”
The above article is reproduced from the British Athletics web-site.