Margaret Adeoye

Margaret began her career winning silver at the British Athletics League Gold Jubilee Cup Final in 2007. 2008 was Olympic year and at a young age Margaret was pushing for a place on the team. At the Olympic trials, she managed to get through to the 200m final and finish a very respectable 8th place overall.

 

Continuing her progress in 2009, Margaret was again hopeful of a place in the World Championship team. However, she injured her Achilles and caused her a number of problems throughout the year. She still managed to only just miss out on selection for the World Championship team which was a huge achievement given the injury problems she had throughout the year.

 

2010 was a massive year for Margaret as she became British Universities Champion over both the 100 & 200m. She was looking in good shape for the UK trials however an injury stopped her finishing her heat in the 200m. 2011 was a huge stepping stone for Margaret. She went to the World Student Games and came 6th in the final. This experience gave her the drive to put in the extra work throughout the winter. Going into the World Trials Margaret was really one to watch and she proved this as she came a very respectable 3rd in the 200m.

 

2012 is an extremely important year for Margaret and she has started it in superb form. At her senior international debut in Glasgow, Margaret blew everyone away with her 200m performance coming 1st in 23.68s. She then went on to the Aviva Indoor Trials enhancing her reputation as one to watch this year taking the indoor 200m title in a PB time of 23.36s. This time did not only rank her No. 1 over the 200m in the U.K., it also ranked her 1st in Europe. Taking this form in to the outdoor season, Margaret was crowned Aviva Olympic Trials 200m Champion, running a PB of 23.09s.

 

Next up for Margaret was the London Olympic Games. Full of excitement and confidence Margaret managed to break the 23s mark for the first time running a PB of 22.94s, taking her through to the semi-final. This proved to be as far as she would go coming up against what was an extremely world class field. After her first experience of a Major Championships, Margaret believed she was ready to take that next step and make the final of a Major Championships, with the Worlds next year her main aim.

 

Margaret was selected as part of the women’s 4x400m team in Moscow for the World Championships and helped the team pick up a very impressive bronze medal. She ran a solid third leg in a time of 51.1s, contributing significantly to a season’s best time of 3.22.61 mins for the team. 2013 was a season interrupted with Injury however Margaret still managed to run Pb’s in both the 200m (22.88s) & 400m (51.93s).

 

After a gruelling winter training regime, which included trips to Lanzarote & South Africa, Margaret started the 2014 in great shape. At her first meet of the season, she became British Indoor 400m champion blowing the field away in the final with a time of 52.77s. This confirmed her selection for the World Indoor Championships and she went out to Sopot looking to make a name for herself. Flying through to the semi finals, she had a very tough lane draw and was unable to make it through to the final. She later was part of the 4x400m team and run the quickest leg helping the team claim a Bronze medal.

 

After establishing herself as the UK number 1 indoors, Margaret’s 2014 outdoor season provided great optimism. Leading into the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Margaret finished an agonising third in her semi final behind the eventual silver medallist Novlene Williams-Mills and former World Champion Amantle Montsho meaning she did not advance to the final. Nevertheless, picking up a bronze medal in the 4x400m as part of Team England ensured Glasgow was a bittersweet experience for Margaret. More medals followed later in the year as Margaret picked up another bronze in the 4x400m at the European Championships, running the fastest split of the British women in 50.74 seconds.

 

Leading into the 2015 National Indoor Championships as a gold medal contender, Margaret unfortunately tripped with a fellow competitor about 50 meters out from the finish line after establishing a solid lead. Unfortunately, this ended any chance of Margaret going to the European Indoor Championships. Nevertheless, after running the crucial anchor leg of the 4x400m relay at the European Team Championships, Margaret was rounding into great form leading into the pivotal competitions of the summer. After winning the British Championships over the shorter distance of 200m in July, Margaret booked her place for the World Championships in the iconic Bird’s Nest in Beijing. After qualifying through her heat amidst the bizzarre situation where three time Olympic Gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown had run the majority of the home straight in her lane, Margaret faced a tough draw for the semi-final. Margaret’s dream of a World Championships medal ended at the semi-final stage as she finished behind eventual World Champion Dafne Schippers, struggling to negotiate the tight bend on the inside lane.
After the World Championships in 2015, 2016 brought new challenges with the European Championships. Margaret was keen to partake in the competition, and qualified as a member of the 4x400m relay squad. Margaret’s reoccurring Achilles injury seemed to be in the past after a good time in the heats. Unfortunately for Margaret after her run in the heats, which qualified the squad through to the final, her Achilles injury returned. After this huge set back the squad fought on, and went on to win Gold in the finals. Following successful training, Margaret was chosen to represent Team GB in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Her aim was to compete to with her squad in the 4x400m relay, however due to injury Margaret was unable to run.

 

September 2016

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