Sheffield’s Karla Drew is targeting a place in the England Commonwealth Games team after giving up the heptathlon to focus on sprint hurdling.
Drew, aged 24, is part of Toni Minichiello’s training group alongside Jessica Ennis-Hill and new British men’s indoor heptathlon record holder John Lane.
She said the decision to concentrate solely on the hurdles was a practical one to make: “I feel like my best chance to compete at the Commonwealth Games this summer is in the hurdles.
“Hurdles has always been one of my strongest events in the heptathlon and I feel I can improve my personal best time this summer with the work I’ll be able to put in.”
Sheffield Hallam University student Drew is competing in Austria today for England in an international match and will also be taking part in the British Indoor Championships at the EIS in Sheffield on February 8-9.
She said: “It’ll feel a bit strange not doing my training for the shot put or long jump like I would for the heptathlon. I’m looking forward to it though.”