Meadows fears Savinova

British star has short window to beat the best

Last Updated: 23/08/11 8:24am

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Meadows: Short chance to shine

Meadows: Short chance to shine

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Jenny Meadows feels Mariya Savinova is the woman to beat in the World Championships 800 metres next week.

"I only realistically think I've got a chance of matching her or beating her when it comes to major championships."
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The Wigan athlete goes into the Daegu event with every reason to fancy her chances having won medals at the last World and European Championships, both indoor and out.

With defending champion Caster Semenya enduring an inconsistent season, it's Savinova who she sees as her main threat.

"I only realistically think I've got a chance of matching her or beating her when it comes to major championships," Meadows said.

"I managed to do that in Berlin (at the last World Championships), but last year (at the European Championships) in Barcelona she was far superior. She was in great shape and unfortunately I wasn't in my best shape because I'd had an injury."

Short timescale

As a result Meadows feels she has a very short timescale in which she can compete with the best.

"The way my training programme works, for about a three-week period, which is now, I really believe I can compete with anyone in the world.

"I really feel this is the best chance I've got to beat the top girls and if you can be near Savinova you know you've done pretty well. I'm not putting her on a pedestal, some races I do and I know I can't beat her.

"But I'm really looking forward to the challenge and just seeing whether I can beat her on this occasion."

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