NATHAN Douglas believes he can still compete at the highest level of athletics – as long as his body is up to the task.

The Oxford City AC triple jumper has his eyes set on making the Great Britain team for this summer’s IAAF World Championships in London.

At 34, Douglas is carefully planning his schedule to ensure he arrives at the biggest events in peak condition.

Injuries have hampered his career, while, despite winning the British Championships last year, he missed out on the Rio Olympics after failing to meet selection criteria.

Despite the setbacks, Douglas is committed to giving himself the best chance of reaching London in August.

He said: “I always feel confident that I’m in with a shout.

“The only thing that can stop me is my body. The distances are not huge to jump.

“Unless you are jumping 17 metres you can’t call yourself a world class triple jumper because it’s just about finding that rhythm and confidence.”

Douglas’s career has been blighted by injury – damaging ankle ligaments in 2011, before a thigh problem ruled him out of the London Olympics 12 months later.

He also suffered a fracture in his back at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, while a pinched knee and tight calf restricted progress last year.

To make the team for London, Douglas must jump the qualification standard of 16.80m at least once and finish in the top two at the British Championships in Birmingham on July 1-2.

The former European Indoor silver medallist is conscious that he will need to look after his body over the next couple of weeks.

He said: “You have to compete fully and if you’re going there wondering if this might hurt or that might hurt, you can’t compete.

“I just need to stay healthy and see what I can do.”

Douglas chose to start his outdoor season early this year, with a five-week training block in Florida during April.

It included competitions at his Clermont base, jumping 16.08m, before a 2,600-mile round trip to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Relays, where his best effort was 14.84m in freezing conditions.

Douglas said: “It’s not been a true reflection of what I’m capable of.

“I’ll prepare for competition and see where I am but 16.80, I’m more than capable of being able to do that – it’s not a big distance for me.”

“Competing in America, it kind of feels like my season has started.

“It’s the earliest I’ve ever competed outdoors, but the plan was always to start early.”