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Sheffield delight for Moses
12:00am Monday 13th February 2012 in Athletics & Olympic Sports
NEW MARSKE HARRIER 1500m runner Lewis Moses struggled to hide his Turkish delight after storming to victory at the Indoor UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield - and booking a place on the plane to Istanbul as a result.
The 25-year-old from Darlington stormed to gold at the EIS in 3:45.58 minutes and having ducked under the qualification standard with a new personal best on his GB debut last month he's now guaranteed of a place at March's World Indoor Championships.
Last season Moses had to make do with second spot and as a result missed out on the European Indoor Championships in Paris and while some of his competitors may have swerved the indoor season in preparation for this summer's Olympics, the north-east ace admitted the thought never crossed his mind.
"I'm shocked and surprised, but over the moon! I represented my country for the first time in Vienna this year, now I've got Turkey and I just can't believe it," he said.
"Hard work pays off, I started early aiming for this and I've been training really hard and it's paid off.
"A medal here was always the target throughout the winter, we had seen the qualifying standard and we knew last year we were close to it.
"Some people don't target indoors, but it was the perfect opportunity for me to get a PB and I'm not going to lie, I didn't shy away from training.
"Obviously the World Indoors was a target from day one, but I want to go there and be competitive, I don't want to just make up the numbers, I think I can mix it and get into the final."
Meanwhile, Jessica Ennis may have lost her outdoor world crown last summer but she has every intention of defending her indoor one after romping to the 60m hurdles title in her home city.
The 26-year-old equaled her personal best to take the title in 7.95 seconds, adding to the high jump crown she secured on Saturday.
"I'm really, really happy with the weekend, it's promising and it shows that training has gone well over the winter and I'm looking forward to Istanbul," said Ennis.
"We've been doing a lot of work on my starts, so just trying to work on getting out the blocks quicker than I have done in the past and it seems to be working so I'm really pleased."
"I think last year I had a bit of an issue - I had a lot of speed to contend work with but I was getting too close to the hurdles and I didn't have the confidence to attack them.
"This year I've just practiced and practiced and it's coming together now."
And in the men's 60m, Dwain Chambers proved that age is no barrier, romping to gold in 6.58 seconds to secure his place on the trip to Turkey.
The 33-year-old will find out soon after the World Indoor Championships whether he is eligible to run at the London 2012 Olympics with the BOA set to argue before the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 12 March that its own bylaw, which bans convicted drugs cheats from competing in the Olympic Games, does not violate the World Anti-Doping Association code.
And while Chambers will be awaiting the verdict intently, he insists there's no point worrying about it.
"That is in my mind but it's out of my hands. I can't do anything about that. I just need to concentrate on my athletics," he said.
"I have to prepare and if the door opens at least I am prepared and I can compete to the best of my ability."
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