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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Carlisle javelin star's perfect grounding for London Olympics bid

Lee Doran will get a chance to sample the Olympics Games atmosphere when he competes in the new £486million London stadium.

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Point to prove: Carlisle javelin thrower Lee Doran

The Carlisle javelin star is one of two senior athletes invited to compete at the British Universities Championships this weekend.

The event will be staged in the Olympic stadium as it will be an official dress rehearsal for officials, and around 40,000 spectators are expected to attend.

For Doran, it will be another chance to secure his qualification for the Olympics – a feat he is confident of achieving after his impressive opening performance of the year when he threw 75.40 at Loughborough.

It put him within touching distance of the qualifying mark as the 26-year-old, from Morton, needs to throw either 79.50m twice to hit the ‘B’ standard qualification or 82m on one occasion to achieve the ‘A’ standard.

Doran said: “It is a great opportunity to see what the stadium is like and it certainly provides plenty of motivation.

“They are expecting 40,000 people there so there will be a great atmosphere. I’m looking forward to that as I always throw well when there is a good atmosphere. It will be good to see where I am with my progress at the moment.”

Doran came agonisingly close to securing his place at the Olympics when he threw a personal best of 78.63m to win last summer’s Aviva UK World Trials and Championships.

The county record holder has just returned from Portugal with Great Britain’s track and field stars as part of an intensive six-week training programme.

He said: “It was a good week even though it couldn’t be classed as warm weather training because it rained every day.

“But it was a great opportunity to work with the international coach and the technical sessions went really well.

“I’m still in the heavy part of my training but I will taper things down after this week.

“My body is a little bit tired from the intensity of it all as I’ve been throwing more and doing more gym work. I feel as if I am a better thrower than last year and should be throwing some good distances.”

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