SHE may be an outsider for a place in the British squad, but Kadi-Ann Thomas has her sights firmly set on trying to be selected for the London Olympics.
The sprinter was the English U23 champion over 100 metres back in 2007, but has had a tough start to this season as she tries to shake off her injury problems of the past.
But she’s confident that her best years are still ahead of her, with the aim to make the team for the World Championships in South Korea next month, and then impress enough to be selected for London 2012.
The 25-year-old will realistically need to win at the Aviva UK Trials & Championships in Birmingham next weekend to stand a chance of being selected for Team GB, and with the prestigious Crystal Palace Diamond League meeting soon after, there’s really no time like the present.
“My times this summer haven’t been as fast as I’d like, but hopefully if I perform well at the trials I could get a place in the relay team,” said Thomas.
As a former European U20 silver medallist in the 4x100 metre relay, Thomas certainly has pedigree in team events, but is hoping to get a lucky break between now and next July, and quality for the individual events in London.
“I definitely believe I’m capable of making the standard to get a place,” said Thomas, whose personal best time is currently just 0.03 seconds off the B-qualification standard.
“I have enough trust in my coach to feel confident that what he sets out for me is going to work and my dreams can come true.”