Commonwealth Games: Twell takes Pavey inspiration

Scotland's Beth Porter and Stephanie Twell after the Women's 5000m final. Picture: Jane Barlow

Scotland's Beth Porter and Stephanie Twell after the Women's 5000m final. Picture: Jane Barlow

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IN Delhi, Steph Twell came fourth in the 5,000 metres. Last night, after four injury-ravaged years, she was lapped on the line by the winner, Mercy Cheroni of Kenya.

It was a tough experience for Twell, who won 1,500m bronze in 2010 and is also a former world junior cross-country champion. But, especially after seeing 40-year-old Jo Pavey of England take bronze just behind second-placed Janet Kisa of Kenya, she is convinced she has time on her side.

“It was tough work out there, but I had to soak it up,” said Twell. “I’ve been injured and I hadn’t run a 5k this year, but I wanted to put the past behind me and use all my experience.

“It was absolutely amazing. I’m happy to be here. It’s my first major champs in four years and hopefully a springboard to move forward to the future.

“I want to possibly go down to 1,500. My ankle played up badly this year and it’s always testing me. But I’m 24 years old and I’ve got a long career ahead of me – look at Jo Pavey.

“I hated watching the front of the race knowing at my best I’d be competing, but it’s all about trying to be as positive as possible.

“Standing on that line I was trying to be the Steph that I’ve always been, but the lack of training catches up. I got injured at altitude training after Easter and I’ve only been back running six weeks.”

If she stays injury-free, Twell could easily be in the British team for the next Olympics, but she is also already thinking ahead to the next Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast City. “I would absolutely love to be there. My dad, Andy, lives out in Australia, so I’d really like to be there.”

Twell, a bronze medallist in the 1,500m four years ago, was 14th, and the third Scot home. Laura Whittle came sixth and Beth Potter was ninth.

Henrietta Paxton was tenth in the pole-vault final, won by Alana Boyd of Australia. Jamaica won the women’s 4x400m relay final, ahead of Nigeria and England.


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