I’ll be on top form for Olympics, says Lisa Dobriskey
25 July 2012
Loughborough University’s Lisa Dobriskey says she hopes to be on ‘top form’ by the time she competes at the London 2012 Olympics.
The 28-year-old, who graduated with an English degree in 2005 and is now based at Loughborough, has had a difficult year with injury and illness, notably a blood clot on her lungs.
But Lisa says she will be ready when the 1500 metres heats start on August 6.
“It has certainly been a tough year with injury and illness,” said Lisa, who went through kitting-out at the Team GB Loughborough Preparation Camp yesterday.
“I am managing a vertical line stress fracture in my femur which has been challenging to say the least.
“The pulmonary embolism was a huge shock and very difficult to deal with mentally but I have put that phase behind me now and the emphasis is completely on being the best I can possibly be at the Olympics.
“I feel I'm making huge progress every day so I hope to be in top form in a couple of weeks.”
Lisa says Loughborough University has played a big role in her recovery and claiming a Team GB place at her second Olympics.
She said: “Loughborough has been my training base here since 2002 so it has been massive in my development as an athlete.
“I have some lovely trails to run around and I regularly use the Paula Radcliffe stadium for track sessions.
“It's also played a big part in my recovery from injury, the facilities at the university are second to none. The use of the pool for aqua jogging, the Powerbase gym and the grass pitches have all played an important role in getting and keeping me healthy.”
Lisa won the 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal, just missed out on a medal at the Beijing Olympics two years later, finishing fourth, and won silver at the 2009 world championships.
She booked her place at a second Olympics by finishing second behind Laura Weightman in last month’s Trials in Birmingham in 4:21.91.
That was a tactical race and she showed she was on the right track on July 6 when she ran 4:02.13 in the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Paris. That was her best time for two years and not far short of her personal best of 3:59.50 in 2009.
She said: “It was a boost as I wasn't expecting to run so fast so soon. The most important thing was that I enjoyed racing again!”
She says her chances of a medal depend on how the races pan out.
She said: “It's so difficult to speculate in the 1500m as it's such a tactical event. My first task is to get through the rounds and then I'll assess my chances as I go!”
Lisa admits she was worried she might miss out.
She said: “Not making the team has been my biggest fear and a couple of times this season it looked as though the Olympics was not going to happen for me.
“It was very stressful but after receiving a ‘phone call the morning after the selection meeting from George Gandy I was so much happier and obviously relieved.”
Asked how she felt with the Olympics so close she said: “It differs from day to day actually. Some mornings I wake up feeling anxious, nervous and daunted by its approach but other days I'm just incredibly excited.”
And she said was looking forward to competing on home soil. ”I think overall it's a boost but it does heighten the pressure I put on myself as I want to perform to my absolute best in front of a home crowd.”
And she says that the Beijing experience will be a big help. “I hope so, I found the Beijing Olympics slightly overwhelming if I'm honest but I hope to be fully prepared this time round!”