Femkball athlete feels her figure grow. “The season is going according to expectations so far,” the 23-year-old European champion said in the run-up to the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Friday. There, she is seeking her 16th consecutive win in the 400-meter hurdles.
“I’ve changed my technique and these modifications are tough. I’m going to need a lot of races to master it, but for now I’m very happy with the way things are going,” she told the media in Lausanne.
Poole hasn’t reached her personal best of 52.03 this season, and American Sidney McLaughlin’s world record of 50.68 is a long way off, but she’s not worried. “I notice form getting better. It was a challenge to get to 14 steps between obstacles, but I’m enjoying it. The adjustments are really paying off, although it’s still not comfortable. But I need that to improve myself. And every race I learn again.”
Paul leaves no misunderstandings about this. The peak for her is the World Cup in Budapest in August. There she seeks the world title, the only prize still missing from her well-stocked trophy cabinet, in which Olympic bronze, World silver and European gold have already shone. “Until the World Cup, I will run as many races as possible. Not only do I love sprints, I also need many races to improve because of my different technique.”
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