London 2012: Barbara Parker bidding for two Olympic finals

Barbara Parker

Steeplechaser Barbara Parker believes she is capable of reaching two Olympic finals at London 2012.

Parker, 29, was Britain's number one in the 3,000m event last year and already has the qualifying standard.

She is also is now eligible for selection in the 5,000m after running a time of 15 minutes and 14 seconds at a meeting in California last week.

"I'm pretty sure I can make the final in that event too," the King's Lynn-born runner told BBC Radio Norfolk.

Parker, Britain's number one over the 3,000m steeplechase last year, beat fellow Brit, and 1,500m hopeful, Stephanie Twell by a second in California.

"The 5K is more of a back-up for this year," said Parker, who is based in the USA.

"(But) You never know what might happen in the heats of the steeplechase, so if I can get selected n the 5,000m as well it'll be like a back-up event.

"I'm also going to try for the 'B' standard in the 1,500m depending on how many races I do."

After failing to make it through the steeplechase heats in Beijing four years ago, Parker hopes to take her early season form into the summer and produce a stronger showing in London.

"{It felt like} 2012 was never going to come around and now it's here," she said.

"Now the season is underway I'm less anxious. Having run the times I know I can you get a sense of relaxation and hopefully you can pull it through all the way to the Games."

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