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Enfield & Haringey AC sprinter Margaret Adeoye 'more than happy' with Olympic performance
5:46pm Thursday 9th August 2012 in Sport
Margaret Adeoye missed out on a place in the Olympic 200m final this week but refused to be downbeat as her achievement capped off a fine year.
The Enfield & Haringey AC sprinter ran a personal best of 22.94 in heat one on Monday to advance in third place but the semi finals proved a step too far.
Adeoye ran 23.28 to take seventh place, meaning she missed out on Wednesday’s final which was won by Allyson Felix of the United States.
But the 27-year-old was not downbeat after her elimination, focusing instead on the positives of what had been achieved.
She explained: “I can’t complain, firstly to make the team because three weeks before my trials I had a niggle, so I didn’t even think I was going to go to the trials.
“Then to go to the trials, run a personal best and to make the team, I had already exceeded my expectations for the year.
“And then to come to the Olympics, make the semi finals and be running against what I would call top of the range, world-class athletes is brilliant. So I am more than happy.”
And Adeoye believes she is running with more confidence now and was also full of praise for her coach, former Olympic champion Linford Christie.
“Linford is amazing. I wouldn’t trade him for the world. He has put so much time into me and I really thank him for his patience and his understanding,” she said.
“The littlest thing could get in my head and be big from being so little. This year I have believed in myself a bit more.
“My performances have been showing it so I just thought I’m almost world-class, I’m getting there now, so I have just got to keep believing.”
The Games have proven a success for Team GB with a number of medals picked up across the track and field squad.
And Adeoye had no doubts as to just how important the atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium had been to driving the athletes on.
Asked what the secret behind Britain’s success was, she added: “It has to be the crowd. They kind of pull you along. You come off the bend and you hear this big roar, especially when you are in a good position, which you don’t normally get so it kind of gives you an indication of where you are.
“Once you hear the roar, it makes you think that you are somewhere where you can get to the next round or get a medal. That just spurs you on.”