Hannah England was delighted to qualify automatically for tonight’s 1500m final after only scraping through in past championships.
The 27-year-old Oxford athlete finished fourth in a surprisingly fast heat to set up a medal chance at Hampden Park (9.50pm).
Running for her namesake country, the former world silver medallist clocked a season’s best time of 4mins 5.62secs, while winner Hellen Obiri (Kenya) broke the Commonwealth Games record with 4.04.43.
England said: “It felt good. It was a bit nerve-wracking in the last 50 metres.
“I was trying not to think about it, but I am always bad in semi-finals.
“In both the last two world championships, I have only made it through on fastest losers.
“That was one of my better semi-final performances today.”
England needed to finish in the top four to be sure of progressing – and managed that despite coming under pressure from Australia’s Melissa Knight in the finishing straight.
The Oxford City ace was joined by Scotland’s Laura Muir (4.05.19), who finished third, in making the final from heat one.
Kenya’s Faith Kibiegon won heat two in 4.05.77, with England’s Laura Weightman (4.08.58) and Jemma Simpson (4.09.27) also progressing – the latter as a fastest loser.
England added: “I was really pleased with that. I was glad it was fast.
“With the quality field and it being the first heat, I was almost more relaxed when we went through 800m fast.”
Asked if she felt she was peaking at the right time, England replied: “Absolutely, I do.
“I am excited about tomorrow. It’s going to be a great race.”
Having finished fourth at Delhi 2010, England is eyeing up a podium spot this time.
She said: “The field is a lot deeper than it was four years ago, but I am a lot better than I was then.
“Hopefully, I can do better.”
After two quicker than expected heats, England bel-ieves another Games record may be needed to take gold.
“That’s interesting now that the Games record has gone,” she added. “I think it could go again.”
8:30am Saturday 13th February 2016
CHRIS Allen insists Sam Slocombe will be determined to make amends if he is selected to face Morecambe today (3).
7:30am Saturday 13th February 2016
LOTTIE Wynne-Jones picked up five titles in the third round of the Oxfordshire & North Bucks County Championships at Aylesbury.
7:30am Saturday 13th February 2016
OXFORD A retained their senior title in the Oxfordshire Inter-League competition at South Moreton Primary School.
7:20am Saturday 13th February 2016
FIELDSIDE went top of the Gentworks Oxford & District League Division 1 table with a 3-0 home win over Cowley Workers.
7:10am Saturday 13th February 2016
ABINGDON Conservative Club A swept aside Oracle F 4-1 to lift the Gentworks Oxford & District League’s Simonds Cup.
6:50am Saturday 13th February 2016
ELLIOT Harvey set up a title-decider in the Trent Valley Karting Club’s Winter Championship with third place at Brandon.
6:40am Saturday 13th February 2016
ALAN Campbell secured his first victory of the season when he won Littlemore AS’s Keith Mills Cup by a handy margin.
11:00am Friday 12th February 2016
IF there is one lesson Oxford United have learned from Tuesday night’s draw with Mansfield Town, it is that there is no need to man the panic stations.
9:30am Friday 12th February 2016
Alex MacDonald believes Oxford United have made huge strides in the 12 months he has been at the club.
9:00am Friday 12th February 2016
HEAD coach Michael Appleton admits he is pleased to see Danny Hylton rediscover his scoring form for Oxford United.