6 Dec

McConnell Targets Glasgow 2014

Lee McConnell

Lee McConnell has put retirement plans on hold as she targets a place at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The 34-year-old considered quitting running after failing to collect a medal at the London Olympics as GB only managed fifth in the relay, but the draw of competing in her hometown was too strong.

McConnell said of her experience in London: "Even though I was disappointed, I still enjoyed it. The noise in the stadium was insane. I just still love running. I still love competing. And as long as I enjoy it, there's no reason to stop.

"A lot of people who have retired say they've come down to the track and not wanted to be there anymore. I've not reached that day. I'm still really passionate about the sport so I feel I should keep going until the body or the mind decides it's had enough."

The triple Olympian will run the 200m for the Commonwealth Select team in the first international athletics event at the new 5,0000-seat Emirates Arena in Glasgow on 26 January 2013.

Normally a 400m runner, McConnell admitted competing in the event won't be easy: "It will be a challenge for me - I am not an indoor runner and nor am I a 200m runner. But to get an opportunity to compete here is good and it will be a great occasion in Glasgow.

"I think off the back of London 2012 we are duty-bound to try and push the sport as much as we can - and with Glasgow 2014 coming up it is time we did our best to promote that. We have to try and drive the focus onto that so I want to do my bit."