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Jemma Reekie eyeing Olympic success after ending medal drought at World Indoor Athletics Championships

Jemma Reekie eyeing Olympic success after ending medal drought at World Indoor Athletics Championships

Jemma Reekie has set her sights on Olympic silverware after finally ending her medal drought at the World Indoor Athletics Championships.

The 25-year-old had been the nearly woman of the 800metres at the Tokyo Olympics, where she finished fourth, and again at last year’s World Championships in Budapest, where she ended in the top five.

On Sunday, the home favourite was upstaged in Glasgow by Ethiopia’s Tsige Duguma and she had to make do with the silver medal.

She initially cut a disappointed figure and knows all too well bigger challenges lie ahead in the outdoor season against countrywoman Keely Hodgkinson, Olympic champion Athing Mu and world champion Mary Moraa.

Jemma Reekie was upstaged by Ethiopia’s Tsige Duguma in the 800m final in Glasgow (REUTERS)
Jemma Reekie was upstaged by Ethiopia’s Tsige Duguma in the 800m final in Glasgow (REUTERS)

Despite the challenge ahead, Reekie said: “I have got one [medal] now and I definitely want one of those Olympic ones.

“When I stood on that line, I was only going to accept gold. But I’ve got to put it in perspective. It’s my first senior medal and it was a hard race. It leaves good things to practise for the summer.”

Her silver marks a notable turnaround in fortunes. This time a year ago, she quit her training camp with training partner Laura Muir in South Africa and flew home, before splitting with coach Andy Young.

Having relocated to Brighton to work with Jon Bigg and Sally Gunnell, she said she had got the fun back in her running.

Reflecting on the past year, she said: “I have kept it quiet but I was in a horrible place. So, if you had told me 12 months ago I would walk away with a silver medal, I’d have been very happy.

“It has been an emotional year. A lot of people don’t see behind the scenes of what wobbles I have had, even the past few weeks, the tough times. It’s taken an army to get back to where I am today and I can’t thank them enough.”

Reekie’s silver helped take Britain to fifth in the medal table in Glasgow, with a bronze in the women’s 4x400m in a quartet including sisters Laviai and Lina Nielsen, as well as day two golds from Josh Kerr and Molly Cauderey on day one.