Athletics: Dobriskey considers World title tilt after Holyrood bid

LISA DOBRISKEY has not ruled out competing at this year's World Cross Country Championships instead of focusing on an indoor racing programme.

Last summer's World Championships 1500 metres silver medallist admits she is torn between challenging for the World Indoor 3,000m title in Doha or going to the World Cross, which is hosted by the Polish city of Bydgoszcz a fortnight later on March 28.

Dobriskey's performance in today's bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross Country could give her and coach George Gandy an indication on which route to follow.

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"We're still thinking of possibly targeting cross country and not racing a full indoor season depending on what sort of shape I'm in and how things are going," Dobriskey said ahead of the testing six kilometres race in Holyrood Park.

"We're kind of playing it by ear," added Dobriskey, who will compete against three-time world cross champion Tirunesh Dibaba and a host of other top overseas star as well as Hayley Yelling-Higham and Stephanie Twell, Britain's leading performers.

Dobriskey said of her cross country aspirations: "I don't know whether I'd be good enough to get in the team (for the World Championships), there's so many girls running so well. They figure prominently in cross country but I might give it a try."

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