Becky's full fitness plan gaining speed

ATHLETICSEuropean 800m bronze-medallist, Becky Lyne continued her return to elite athletics with a brave front-running display at the European Athletic Association Permit meeting in Rovereto, Italy last night, but was unfortunate to tire in the final 100m and finished fifth in a time of 2:01.74.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 13th September 2007, 7:29 am
Updated Thursday, 13th September 2007, 10:39 am

The 25-year-old Hallamshire Harrier is making the most of late-season competition in Europe in an attempt to salvage her injury-wrecked summer track campaign.

On her fifth-place finish, she revealed: "I gave it a go as I led into the straight but tied up badly.. I've no excuses. I'm disappointed but I'm ok."

Lyne recently defied physiotherapist's orders to continue her competition schedule after bouncing back from a calf injury, which resulted in her being forced to withdraw from the World Championships last month in Japan.

The Sheffield-born star claimed an impressive third-spot in the International Association of Athletics Federation's Grand Prix 'B' 800m in Rieti, Italy last weekend, with a fine 2:01.05 to show glimmers of her former world-class credentials.

Now, despite not quite operating at the same level as 2006, Lyne has once again stamped her authority on the international scene.

The Tapton School old girl now intends to take a break in order to fully enable her injury to heal in advance of a warm-weather training stint in Australia over the winter.