Gemma Steel: Runner undecided on Olympics distance

Gemma Steel
Gemma Steel came second in the women's race in the Great North Run half-marathon

Leicestershire runner Gemma Steel says she is yet to decide whether she will compete in the 10,000m or the marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

She told BBC Radio Leicester: "I am sort of borderline going for marathon or 10,000m on the track, so that's the big question at the minute.

"We have now just got to have a chat with my coach and see where I am going with that."

Steel, who recently finished second at half-marathon distance in the Great North Run and was third at Sunday's Great Scottish Run, is yet to represent GB at an Olympics but sees marathon running as a long-term aim.

"I think the marathon is, in the future, where I could win a medal, but 10,000m on the track I am more comfortable with the distance.

"My coach is training me for the marathon, so I am prepared for it.

"I have only been going up to 15 miles in my training, but once I get comfortable with that and 17 miles, then 20, I think I will get more confidence."

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