March trio keep Olympic dream alive

PUBLISHED: 17:52 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 08:33 02 June 2010

THREE March athletes are targeting the London 2012 Olympics after missing out on qualification for next month s Beijing Games. Twins Dan and Glen Watts, 21, came short of the qualifying standards when they competed in Birmingham at the weekend. At the sam

THREE March athletes are targeting the London 2012 Olympics after missing out on qualification for next month's Beijing Games.

Twins Dan and Glen Watts, 21, came short of the qualifying standards when they competed in Birmingham at the weekend.

At the same time heptathlete Louise Hazel, 22, missed her final shot at qualification when she competed in Hexham.

Dan was competing in the 5,000m and Glen was in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Dan recorded 14mins 56secs and Glen finished in 9mins 18secs.

Dan said: "We both underperformed but it was a good experience.

"I was aiming to make 14mins flat. But I didn't get lapped or come last. It was a good to be in our first Olympic trials."

Dan is on a scholarship in sports journalism in America and has been living in Oklahoma for the last three years.

He suffered a broken wrist and badly bruised leg when he was the victim of a hit-and-run incident in America eight weeks ago.

He said: "It felt great to be amongst so many top class athletes. I checked in just after Dwayne Chambers and gave him a nod."

"Neither of us expected to qualify, but we have a realistic chance of competing in London 2012 and we will come back in four years feeling stronger and with more experience."

Glen said: "I finished 200 metres behind the leader and could have done a bit better.

"But I've definitely learned from this experience. I competed in too many races in the build up to this event, so I now know to pace myself a bit more over the year."

Hazel needed 6,000 points to qualify for Beijing and finished on 5,525.

She impressed with 1.61m in the high jump and 11.91m in the shot putt but struggled in her other events, with 14.1secs in the 100m hurdles, 24.94secs in the 200m, 6.03m in the long jump, 37.40m in the javelin and 2min 22secs in the 800m.

Hazel will be competing in a Grand Prix at Crystal Palace later this month.

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