Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I've Never Had a Problem like This but I'll Be Ready to Race for Gold; 2012 STANDARD BEARERS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I've Never Had a Problem like This but I'll Be Ready to Race for Gold; 2012 STANDARD BEARERS

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Byline: Tiffany Porter Olympics 100m hurdles star continues our diary in the countdown to the Games

Evening Standard OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN 10 days to go

THE London Grand Prix was always going to be my last race before I shut down for final Olympic preparations. That remains the case but I have to say I've definitely had better days and better races.

I've had a back niggle for quite some time and I approached the weekend with the thinking that, if I didn't run, I'd have regrets.

I obviously did run and there's regrets from having done so, too. Such are the challenges of being an athlete.

In the race, it didn't feel 100 per cent from the start. That's why I had to pull out. I've never really had a niggle like this before so it's a pretty new phenomenon to me and it was difficult to handle when I felt it in the race.

The fact that we are so close to the Olympics and everything I've been working towards the Games, I got pretty emotional, okay ... really emotional, leaving the track in tears.

Since Saturday, I've had so many kind words from friends, fans and even competitors. Two of the American girls in my race, Virginia Crawford and Danielle Carruthers, were particularly kind. Danielle said to me: "Tiff, I won a World Championships medal injured so don't count yourself out."

I respect her so much so those words were a real boost and helped me just relax a bit. As I was receiving treatment from the UK Athletics medical team afterwards, Charles van Commenee [the UKA head coach] was just great. He came up to me and said: "Keep your head up, you're going to be fine and you're a fighter."

Those were very powerful and helpful words. I truly believe I will be fine. I don't want to go into too much detail here about the injury but the UKA medical team have been beyond inspiring.

They're incredible and they make sure they go the extra mile to get athletes in the best shape possible. They're doing everything right to get me ready for the Olympics and, for that, I will always be grateful. …

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