Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club sprinter Joey Duck fears she is going to peak too late in the season after she recorded a season’s best in the 200m at the Sainsbury’s British Championships on Sunday.
The 25-year-old, who has overcome a serious back injury where a disc was pressing against her nerves, clocked a time of 23.70 seconds to finish third in her heat and progress to the final.
The final took place in pouring rain and she set a new season’s best of 23.48 to finish fifth as Jodie Williams stormed to gold ahead of Bianca Williams and Anyika Onoura.
But despite her new time, Duck admitted she left Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium with a tinge of disappointment.
“It was a fast race and a season’s best but I wanted a PB,” said Duck, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series – events proudly backed by long-term supporter Sainsbury’s.
“I am disappointed but I suppose I can’t really ask for much more. I think I’m going to be right at my peak just a little bit too late [in the season].
“The conditions weren’t nice but we are used to running in rain in this country. I did all I could but I think it will come together by the end of the season just a little bit too late.
“That’s the frustrating thing. I can see a personal best is on the horizon but I’m just getting there a bit too slowly this year.”
Duck’s personal best remains the 23.46 she set back in the summer of 2008 but she feels her performance shows she is on the verge of breaking it.
And with her life settled again after the injury, she believes it is only a matter of time until she is back at her best having also failed to reach the 100m final in Birmingham.
“I see this year as a bit of a comeback year,” Duck added.
“I was out for 2012 and it took a while to get back into things with a change of coach and a change of lifestyle.
“I want more but I know it’s there. I’ve just got to put it into a race.”
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