Beijing will stand me in good stead for London, says Barbara Parker
25 July 2012
Former Loughborough College student Barbara Parker believes her experience at the Beijing Olympics will be a ‘big advantage’ in her bid for a medal at London 2012.
The 29-year-old will run both the 3,000m steeplechase, her favoured event, and the 5,000m.
Barbara finished 12th in her heat in Beijing but says she will know what to expect this time.
She said: “I’ve got a big advantage in the fact that I’ve been to an Olympics before.
“I think if you ask anyone in any sport that’s been to an Olympics before, they’ll tell you it’s nothing like any other championship.
“Beijing is going to have a huge value on anxiety, nerves – I’ll just know what to expect.”
Barbara says she is hopeful of winning a medal.
“I always picture myself thinking ‘wow, I’ve just got a medal’ and doing a lap of honour,” she told BBC Look East.
“I think every athlete visualises themselves winning. If you don’t, you’re never going to put yourself in the race in the first place.
“You have to have this image of success and that you can possibly win, you just don’t know – it’s all on the day.”
Barbara finished eighth in the steeplechase at a Diamond League meeting in Paris earlier this month but had a more encouraging performance at Crystal Palace, where she was third.
The women’s steeplechase final takes place on August 6, with the 5,000m final four days later.