She may have missed out on the podium at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix but Woodford hurdler Tiffany Porter is confident of being in the medal mix come the Commonwealth Games.
The Diamond League meeting at Hampden Park gave Porter an early opportunity to get to grips with the newly laid track ahead of the start of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 23.
And, fresh from winning the 100m hurdles title at the Sainsbury’s British Championships, she put in a solid performance to take fourth in 12.88 seconds with American Queen Harrison taking the win.
Porter will make her Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow and, while admitting there is still final improvements to be made before then, she is determined to step up to the mark.
“I’m feeling pretty confident, this year has been a little difficult for me, I’ve just been struggling to find my rhythm but it’s coming together,” said Porter, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series – events proudly backed by long-term supporter Sainsbury’s.
“I had some really positive aspects in that race but I also had a couple of negative aspects but once I put it together I’m really confident that it’s going to be good at the Commonwealths.
“I had a good start and I was able to maintain my composure, I did hit a hurdle which was a really bad thing to do against this calibre of ladies so once I put it together and fix those issues, I’m sure it will be good.
“I usually step my game up for the big championships so I’m hoping this won’t be any different.”
Of the three competitors that finished above her in Glasgow, Olympic champion Sally Pearson, who took third, will be lining up against Porter at the Commonwealth Games.
But while Pearson, also the reigning Commonwealth champion, will be one of the favourites to retain her title, Porter insists she will be more than up for providing a challenge to her crown.
“I race against the whole field so whenever we line up I just do my best against who’s there,” she added.
“The track is fast, the atmosphere in the stadium is great, the crowd was great, the field was great, you can’t really ask for much more.”
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