Charlotte Purdue keeps London 2012 Olympic dream alive

Hampshire's Charlotte Purdue says she is on course to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, with the Hook athlete's main target the 10,000m in London.

Purdue has been in fine form recently, finishing second at the Great Edinburgh Run earlier in October.

The 20-year-old had knee surgery in May but has now fully recovered.

"The 10,000m is going to be my main target this season but I would like to get the 5k Olympic qualifying time as well," Purdue told BBC South Today.

She added: "I was quite surprised with how I ran in Edinburgh. I knew I was fit, but I didn't know I was that fit. I didn't think I would produce that performance so I was happy."

Purdue had a successful cross country campaign earlier this year, but the long time member of Aldershot, Farnham & District AC says she will concentrate on the road and track this season.

"I'm going to Kenya so I am going to miss quite a lot of the cross country season and I'll hopefully go again in January so I'll probably focus more on the road and the track races and getting the Olympic qualifying time," she explained.

"There is a little bit of a dearth of talent in the 5k and 10k, we haven't had that many people representing Great Britain in it so there is definitely a space for me. I just need to run the [10K] time [31 minutes 45 seconds].

"My coach [Mick Woods] definitely seems to think I would have got the 'A' qualifying time had I not got injured, and he's never been wrong before," added Purdue.

Olympic qualification may yet to be achieved, but Purdue, who trains at St Mary's University College in Twickenham, has already set herself a target should she make it to London 2012.

"If I get there then I'm aiming for a top eight finish, that would be good," she said.

"I'll be 21 at the time of the Olympics so hopefully there'll be plenty more."

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