Hahn prepares for Gold Coast with another national record


Words by Colette Carr

On the final straight ahead of the Commonwealth Games in April, Sophie Hahn continues to dominate after a sub eight seconds 60m saw the national record fall for a second time this month at the hands of the T38 sprinter.

Hahn clocked an impressive 7.95 seconds in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena in the final Indoor Grand Prix of the season facing home favourite Maria Lyle and Welsh Team GB teammate Olivia Breen.

But the Gold Coast bound runner’s impressive form hasn’t came without the extra effort.

With the Games taking place earlier in the calendar than usual, Hahn’s programme has had to undergo a reshuffle to see her peak in time for Australia.

“I’ve had to change my training because obviously the Commonwealths are in April this year. We’ve had to change winter and look at speed, so things have changed on the track and in the gym but so far, so good,” she told OnTrack straight after crashing over the finish line.

“Whatever I do now I’m just going to carry it into the Commonwealth.”

While the athletics didn’t take place in the Emirates, being in the Commonwealth Arena proved to whet her appetite for the upcoming Games.

“I remember watching Glasgow 2014 on TV and saying how I’d love to do a Commonwealth so I’m very lucky to have my event there.

“I don’t normally do indoors, but I think with the Commonwealth coming up I need to find races where I can practice and get in form.

“I’ve a few competitions coming up and then I fly to Australia at the end of March so I’ve a couple of weeks for final training before heading on the plane!”