Laura Turner

Laura Turner

Starting out as a sprint hurdler, Laura has dominated British Sprint for a number of years and is once again reigning National Champion over both 100m and 200m.

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Laura’s first Major Senior Championship, she showed great potential at an International level, running a new PB in every round of the 100m. She finished a fantastic 4th in the Final. Additionally, Laura’s superb third leg of the 4 x 100m relay helped secure the team with a Silver medal

Laura’s 2007 season moved from strength to strength as her consistent performances led to her selection for the World Championships in Osaka. She was the only Brit to make it through to the semi-finals of the 100m where she ran 11.32s. She followed this up playing a pivotal role in the 4×100m relay team, eventually finishing 4th in the Final with the third fastest time in history by a British team.

In 2008 Laura travelled to her first Olympic Games in Beijing, disappointingly she went out in the first round of the 100m but lined up again as part of the 4x100m relay team which had great promise to win a medal. However, Laura had to watch as the baton failed to make it from the 2nd to 3rd lead runner. Returning to the UK she took the decision to move to Linford Christie’s training squad in order to set herself up for success come London 2012.

With the new set up Laura kept up her good form going in 2010, winning the Spar European Team Championships over 100m in Portugal and winning a number of high profile events around central Europe. This included travelling to Switzerland, setting a new life time best of 11.11 to become the second fastest British sprinter of all time.

Travelling out to the European Championships she had her sights set on a medal, however it was not meant to be and Laura was disappointed to go out in the semi final. Focus moved onto the Commonwealth Games where she progressed through the rounds well. However, her hopes were left in ruins after a controversial start, which resulted in disqualification. Putting the final disappointment behind her, she managed to claim Gold in the 4x100m relay.

Laura’s journey to 2012 is being featured by Sky Sports as part of their series ‘Road to London’. The features will follow her highs and lows of training as well as other key landmarks in her preparations for when the Olympic Games come to her doorstep!

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