London 2012

Having been described as the 'logical successor to Kelly Holmes', Kent-born Lisa Dobriskey will be looking to emulate Holmes by winning Olympic gold in the 1500m in 2012.

Fascinating facts

  • Dobriskey is married to 2004 Olympic 800m semi-finalist Ricky Soos
  • Her father is a soil consultant and worked at the site of the 2012 Olympic Stadium
  • Her favourite band is Florence and the Machine

Dobriskey took up athletics seriously at the age of 11 when she was encouraged to join her local athletics club having won her school's 800m event.

Having won Amateur Athletic Association titles in the Under 15/17/20 and Under 23 categories, she won the English Schools 800m title for Juniors in 1998 and went on to make her Junior international indoor debut in the 1500m against Germany and France in 2000.

Having finished fifth in the 1500m at the World University Games in 2005, Dobriskey's major international breakthrough came a year later when she won gold in the same event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne.

But she endured disappointment at the 2008 Olympics at Beijing when she finished just outside the medals, coming home fourth in the 1500m final having been boxed in during the closing stages of the race.

After suffering a stress fracture in her back early in 2009, the 27-year-old - who turns 28 in December - battled back to fitness to come home third in the 1500m at the World Championships in Berlin, but was then upgraded to a silver medal after winner Natalia Rodriguez of Spain was disqualified.