EMILY Diamond is hoping to surf the goodwill of the partisan British crowd to produce the best performance of her career at the World Championships in the Olympic Stadium.
The Bristol & West AC international from Clifton steps onto the track on Sunday (AUGUST 6) for the heats of the women’s 400m and, if all goes well, will progress to the semi finals on Monday and then ultimately the final on Tuesday evening.
That, at any rate, is the dream scenario for the former Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month after a solid build-up and some sharp final training sessions in the GB holding camp just outside of Paris but it is the crowd that might give her and all the home athletes an extra edge.
“I am sure that the crowd will get behind all the British athletes even if they don’t really know who we are,” said Diamond.
“As long as you have a GB vest on then they will be on your side and it will be great to have 80,000 or so spectators cheering you on. That will be a very nice feeling.
“Eilidh Doyle (UK No 1 at 400m hurdles and a team-mate in the relay) told me that at the Olympic Games in 2012 the cheers from the home crowd followed you all around the stadium like a Mexican Wave!
“She said they literally carry you around and that will be a great feeling and might just help in that last 50 metres!”