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Ashford AC runner Lisa Dobriskey to compete in Commonwealth Games

Lisa Dobriskey
Lisa Dobriskey

By Alex Hoad

Lisa Dobriskey has confirmed she will defend her Commonwealth Games title in India in October.

The 26-year-old Ashford AC runner (pictured) will travel to Delhi aiming for a repeat of the gold medal she claimed in the 1,500m in Melbourne four years ago.

The World Championship silver medallist suffered disappointment in the recent European Championships in Barcelona, finishing fourth in the 1,500m after an injury-hit preparation.

She decided to take part in the Games in Delhi due in part to a lack of major championships in the build-up to London 2012.

The former Southlands pupil is also open to competing in the 800m if selected by the England team after setting a new lifetime best and Ashford AC record in the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Her eighth place in the 800m on Saturday was achieved in a personal best time of 2min 00.14sec.

This was set the day after she had finished third in the 1,500m, in which she clocked 4.09.07.

She was set to run the 1,500m in the Diamond League meeting in Zurich on Thursday before an 800m race in Lille at the weekend.

Dobriskey said: "The only downside (to competing in the Commonwealth Games) is that it makes the season so long.

"That delays the winter preparation and then you’re stepping into next year a little bit. But I think it can be done."

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