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ATHLETICS: Hannah happy with progress
9:30am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
OXFORD'S Hannah England says she belongs at world-class level as she looks ahead to more success.
The 26-year-old feels her fourth place in the 1,500m at the World Championships proved she is no one-hit wonder after her silver medal at Daegu in 2011.
And the Oxford City star, who is scheduled to resume her season on , says she can take a lot of confidence from her Moscow exploits.
“I feel that I have proved that I belong in this company and have shown myself to be a championship runner,” said England.
“The more times you get to a championship in a good frame of mind, the more chances you give yourself to have a Daegu moment.”
England was happy with her focus in Moscow, but believes there is more to come.
She said: “I was pleased with the way I came through the semi-final. I got a little boxed, but I kept calm and did what I needed to.
“Being able to keep calm is an important part of the runner’s armoury. It is easy to over-complicate athletics.
“Really all you do is run 400 metres round a track, remembering to turn left.”
Next year, England hopes to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
And she admits that having got a taste for big events, another major championship cannot come around soon enough.
She said: “The last three seasons have been tough with World Championships, Home Olympics and World Championships back to back. “That was intense and pretty stressful.
“Next year will be pretty cool with Commonwealth Games and European Championships.
“The prospect of a home Commonwealth Games is exciting."
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