World Athletics 2011: Hannah England targets Olympic gold

Hannah England

Hannah England has set her sights on going one better at the London Olympics in 2012 after picking up silver at the World Championships in Daegu.

The 24-year-old produced a storming finish to grab second in the 1500m.

She would follow Dame Kelly Holmes, who won two golds in Athens in 2004 after coming second at the 2005 Worlds.

"Next year is obviously a massive aim but I'm excited to see where this can take me in the next five to 10 years," England said.

Holmes was just a year older when she finished second in Gothenburg, but had to wait nine years to become an Olympic champion.

England has been dubbed the new Kelly Holmes, having honed her running on the 'On Camp with Kelly' training scheme set up to encourage British middle-distance running.

Holmes would have been proud of her sprint finish as she moved up from seventh on the final straight before narrowly failing to run down American Jennifer Barringer-Simpson.

England said: "Hopefully I won't have to wait nine years for Olympic gold. But I have already achieved a lot.

"Stuff can happen overnight in athletics. You never know what's going to happen in your life or in your sporting career and whatever happens I've got a world silver medal and that's amazing.

Dame Kelly Holmes

"I think I'm ready for the limelight. I don't think you can get much more pressure than a World Championship final.

"The only place where there's more pressure is probably an Olympic final and I don't think I'll really notice the difference."

Her joy at winning silver was all the sweeter after missing out on selection for the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.

England added: "We've had a good vibe going on in the camp and I just wanted to seize the opportunity.

"You never know, that might be the last time I wear a British vest, that might be the last time I'm in this shape so I'm really chuffed I managed to make a lot of it."

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