Elliott eyes middle-distance glory

Thursday 17th May 2012

Peter Elliott was the last British man to win a major 800m or 1500m medal, getting a 1500m silver at the 1988 Olympics. He’s backing the current crop of middle distance runners to do the same…

‘At a major championships, the hardest thing is getting to a final. Once you are in the final anything can happen.’ Elliott told BBC Sport.

‘If we can get that medal hopefully it can bring the next generation through. I’m sure someone will come through and win a surprise medal and I would like to think somebody from 800 or 1500 in the mens would achieve that.’

‘It’s very different now because when I stood on Olympic start line I would be up against maybe three Kenyans and two Moroccans. But now all British athletes in an Olympic Games could be up against seven Kenyans, three running for Kenya and the others running for Doha, Denmark and places like that. That has made a difference between getting into the final or not.’

‘But they still have to run the times. I ran 1 minute, 42.9 secs [over 800m] way back in 1990 and nobody has come close to that since. And it’s not as if the support isn’t there.’

‘Physically and mentally, Team GB will be going to the start line in London as best prepared as they can possibly be.’

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