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ATHLETICS: Cossins savours new chance to make Diamond sparkle
9:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
TROWBRIDGE coach Dan Cossins has confirmed that Olympic 400m relay runner Emily Diamond will be joining his training group this winter, writes Kevin Fahey.
Cossins, whose star athlete is Great Britain international 200m sprinter Danny Talbot, previously coached Diamond when she was living in Bristol and a student at Bristol Grammar School.
For the past three years Diamond has been studying at Loughborough University but after graduating in the summer the 22-year-old has opted to move back to the west country and has set up her new home in Frome.
“I was disappointed when Emily left to go to Loughborough but I am thrilled to have her back in the group,” said Cossins.
“Emily is a very high calibre athlete with huge potential.
“I firmly believe she can run under 23 seconds for 200m and that would bring her close to world class.
“As for 400m when I saw her training in Florida last spring (she joined Cossins and Talbot for their pre-season warm weather training camp in America) she was in 50 seconds shape but then she got injured and that ruined her season.”
Diamond twice suffered a pulled hamstring but it was a knee injury that gave her the most trouble and ultimately wrecked her hopes of making the Great Britain team for the World Championships in Moscow, which had been a real possibility after she made the 4x400m squad for London.
Despite those injuries she still improved her personal bests to 23.30secs for 200m and 52.42secs for 400m to put her ninth and seventh respectively in the UK senior rankings for 2013.
“It has been a pretty rubbish season for me and unfortunately I have suffered just one thing after another,” said Diamond.
“The knee problem had troubled me since February. I tried treatment and rehab but it never got better so I saw a specialist in London and last week I had an arthroscopic operation.
“The op went well and now it is a question of rehab and gradually getting the knee strong again before I start running. I have just started some work on the bike and next week I’m hoping to get in the pool.”
Diamond opted for Frome as it was convenient for her boyfriend to commute to work and for her to get to Bath University to train with Cossins.
“Frome is a nice town to live in and it is great to be back with Dan as we worked well together in the past,” added Diamond.
Once she has recovered from the operation then the pair should hit the ground running. With European Junior 100m silver medallist Sophie Papps and former English Schools’ 200m champion Jennie Batten also joining the group Cossins may soon have a group of female sprinters to match Talbot and his training pals.
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