Nathan Douglas backs Hannah England for further success

Nathan Douglas
Douglas hopes to be back for the start of the 2012 season

British triple jumper Nathan Douglas has backed Oxford City team-mate Hannah England to build on her success at the World Championships.

England picked up a silver medal with a stunning late dash in the 1,500m.

"Making the final lifted a lot of weight off her shoulders. She was able to run a little bit more free," he told BBC Radio Oxford.

"She had a little bit more belief and now she's world silver medalist she'll be able to go to greater things."

He added: "Now she doesn't just have to have the belief, she knows she can do it.

"Favourites don't always necessarily win medals. You have to take your opportunity and Hannah did that perfectly. I'm just so happy for her."

Douglas was forced to watch England from home after suffering an ankle injury in June. But he says his recovery is still on track.

"I'm hoping I'll be back into normalish training around October," the 28-year old told BBC Radio Oxford.

"Because I haven't competed this year it makes sense for me to try and have an indoor season. I need to get my body used to actually jumping again.

"So as long as I can get a good winter in and the ankle can deal with it fine then I'll go for the World Indoors hopefully and then obviously outdoor is the big one."