'Elated' Porter wins World Championships hurdles bronze (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Woodford Green with Essex Ladies' Tiffany Porter reflects on World Championships 100m hurdles bronze
3:03pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Football
Tiffany Porter insists the trials and tribulations of the past two years were all worth it after she claimed 100m hurdles bronze at the World Athletics Championships.
Porter has had a chequered time of it for Britain at major championships – at the 2011 worlds she landed awkwardly after the last hurdle and slipped from third to fourth.
The 25-year-old then saw a back problem ruin her chances at last summer’s Olympics but in Moscow the Woodford Green with Essex Ladies hurdler finally laid her demons to rest.
Porter stormed through the rounds before running a legal personal best of 12.55 in the final to claim bronze in a time that was just 0.01 seconds outside the British record and put the turnaround down to new coach Rana Reider.
“I’m just so happy, I’m elated,” she said. “It’s been a very difficult season for me and I’ve made a lot of changes.
“But I’ve maintained the faith throughout the season despite bad races I’ve had and I’m happy I was able to put it together when it mattered the most.
“I’ve lost probably to every single one of those ladies that were in the final this season so to come out with the win was in my eyes a huge accomplishment.
“Working with Rana has been going well. We were able to put it together when it mattered most. He believes in me.
“I believe in me and God blessed me with this talent and I am happy I was able to put it together and come out with a medal.
“It was a matter of working on my speed and my technique and with the hurdles there is always something new you can learn and another way you can put your race together.
“So they have been small changes that have made pretty big improvements so I am looking forward to the future with Rana.”
Porter prepared for the 100m hurdles final in style as she won her semi-final that morning in 12.63 – at that point in Moscow a legal season’s best.
But the Woodford Green sprint hurdler admitted she had to quickly calm her nerves down after the semi-finals having hitt one of the final hurdles.
“The semi-final kind of messed with my mind a little bit as I hit a hurdle and I was like ‘oh my goodness, what is going on’,” she added.
“But I was able to block it out of my mind and just focus on running the next race and I was happy that it was a clean race and I was able to come away with a medal.”
Ten minutes before Porter's final, fellow Woodford Green athlete Shana Cox was on the podium to also receive a bronze medal after Britain's 4x400m relay squad had finished third in their final.
Eilidh Child produced a fine lead-off leg before passing to Cox, who ran 50.3, and when Margaret Adeoye came in for the third leg the British squad sat fourth with France just ahead of them in bronze-medal position.
Adeoye turned fourth into third with a storming run before handing over to newly-crowned world champion over 400m Christine Ohuruogu for the anchor leg. Bronze was never in doubt as the squad finished in a season’s best time of 3.22.61 to finish behind winners Russia and the USA.
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