Porter has medal plan for Worlds

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 July 2015

Woodford Green's Tiffany Porter (left) and sister Cindy Ofili in the women's 100m hurdles final at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium (pic: Martin Rickett/PA)

Woodford Green's Tiffany Porter (left) and sister Cindy Ofili in the women's 100m hurdles final at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium (pic: Martin Rickett/PA)

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Woodford Green hurdler has eyes on podium

A very confident Tiffany Porter says she has got that ultimate winning formula ingredient which will get her a medal at next month’s IAAF World Championships, writes Ziad Chaudry.

In her final event before she begins preparing for the big event in China’s capital city of Beijing, the 27-year-old Woodford Green & Essex Ladies star finished fourth in the women’s 100m hurdles at the London Anniversary Games IAAF Diamond League event, clocking 12.67secs at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

The rain may have been pounding down heavily on the track that was used for the London 2012 Olympics, but that didn’t stop current world number two Jasmin Stowers nor the six other women from going sub-13 seconds.

Lousiana-native Stowers led an American clean sweep with 12.47, a London meet record, into a headwind as 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson followed in 12.64 and defending world champion Brianna Rollins took third in 12.65.

But US-born Porter, who struck gold at last year’s European Championships, will go into the worlds in just under four weeks away brimming full of confidence following an encouraging display.

“I’m actually very encouraged by that performance,” she said. “I wasn’t really too focused on the conditions, but we’re still in pretty heavy training.

“My coach and I have a winning formula to produce at the Championships when it matters so I’m very encouraged heading into Beijing.

“It was a close race and a competitive field, but I’m really happy.

“I’m very confident of getting a medal – with gold always the aim. I’m very actually very pleased and encouraged.”

And Porter reckons her younger sister Cindy Ofili, also of Woodford Green & Essex Ladies, who finished sixth behind Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill in 12.80, could also feature in the medals in Beijing.

“Cindy’s a fierce competitor,” she added. “She peaks also when it matters so don’t count her out, she’s also ready for Beijing!”

Ofili, 20, enjoyed the experience of competing in her first race at the Olympic Stadium and is arguably the world’s busiest athlete this year, with Friday incredibly her 53rd outing.

“It was a great experience,” said the British Championship silver medalist. “I’ve watched it on TV before, but having the opportunity to run here with those brilliant girls was great.

“I didn’t have the best race, but I’m just honoured and excited to be here.

“My season has gone absolutely amazing. I’m also surprised at myself this season. I’m a little tired with all the races I’ve had, the college and other stuff I’ve been doing. I’ve been training for a long time, but overall I’m doing well.”

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