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Sport Team Scotland's Steph Twell has eyes on Commonwealth Games

22:20  12 january  2018
22:20  12 january  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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STEPH Twell has been on quite a journey since she burst into the public’ s consciousness by qualifying for Team GB for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 as an 18-year-old. She then followed that up by winning bronze in the 1500m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Commonwealth Games Scotland has announced the 25 athletes who will represent Team Scotland in the track, field and marathon at the Gold Coast 2018 Kelsey Stewart: Stonehaven/Stonehaven. Stephanie Twell : Farnbourough/Aldershot. Lennie Waite: Paisley/Houston, Texas.

Steph Twell will race in Scotland this weekend: Great Edinburgh International XCountry 2018 Photocall - Raddison Hotel © PA ARCHIVE IMAGES Great Edinburgh International XCountry 2018 Photocall - Raddison Hotel

Team Scotland runner Steph Twell admitted the Great Edinburgh Cross Country race will be all about preparing herself for this year's Commonwealth Games.

The 28-year-old, who will compete in the 5,000m and 1500m events on Australia's Gold Coast, is part of a Scotland team that will take part in the 4x1km relay around the Holyrood course on Saturday.

And while she will be taking it seriously, Twell admitted it is all preparation geared towards peaking for April.

''It's a bit of a mixture,'' she told Press Association Sport. ''With it being a 4x1km relay it will be tense. I have only done it once.

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Team Scotland have unveiled the latest additions to their squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games , with 25 stars Clark, Eilidh Doyle, Rachel Hunter, Sammi Kinghorn, Maria Lyle, Holly McArthur, Kirsten McAslan, Eilish McColgan, Emma Nuttall, Lynsey Sharp, Kelsey Stewart, Steph Twell , Lennie Waite.

Stephanie April " Steph " Twell (born 17 August 1989) is a British middle- and long-distance runner who competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2016 Olympic Representing Scotland , she won a bronze medal in the 1500 metres at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

''Carrying a baton over cross country will be interesting and knowing Laura Muir (who she will be taking on in the final leg) will be on my heels is going to be interesting.

''That element makes it a bit serious, but at the same time it's the start of the year so it's a great way to get our heels a little bit sharper ahead of the Commonwealth Games where that will be a little bit more performance driven.''

She added: ''It would be fantastic to win it if we can, but from my own personal perception outside of the race, I'm starting to put the pedal down and cut down into the distance and get the speed for a championship.

''The Commonwealth Games is a championship performance and this is a great start for me.''

The Games mark another major championship for Twell, who has been to 12 so far in her career but due to circumstance has often not been at her best, with injury hampering her at home in Glasgow four years ago.

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Scotland will have 12 track and field athletes at the Rio Olympics, the Muir, Doyle and Steph Twell secured their passage to Brazil with comfortable wins in the 1500m to London 2012 - including Doyle, Sharp and McColgan - and Harkins believes a home Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in

Stephanie April " Steph " Twell (born 17 August 1989) is a British middle- and long-distance runner who competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2016 Olympic Games in Commonwealth Games . Glasgow, Scotland . 14th. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Stephanie Twell .

But after doing a teaching degree last year Twell has now gone full-time with her career and insisted there are no plans to call it time on the track just yet, despite setting herself up for a career post-athletics.

''I am in a good place,'' she said. ''Last year I was doing a teaching degree which was probably not the best for performance, but at the same time so I can have a longer running career, I need to increase my skill-set and I am really happy and have gone full-time now.''

On her teaching qualification, she added: ''It is setting me up for after my career, because it's 10 years since I was at uni and I think I am maybe halfway (through my running career) with another 10 years if I go to the roads and the marathon.''

On the prospect of taking on Muir - who will be representing Great Britain rather than Scotland on Saturday - in the final leg, Twell added: ''I think it will be super exciting.

''It's a great opportunity to get as close to Laura as I can!''

Cochrane replaces injured Turner in Scotland squad .
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