Porter looks to take that big step

Porter looks to take that big step
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Great Britain's Tiffany Porter is ready to confirm her strong results from last year and stand on top of the podium at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich this summer.

Tiffany Porter is hoping this will be the year she finally makes it to the top of the sprint hurdles podium.

The British athlete has won bronze at the last two major events, the IAAF World Championships in Moscow last August and then at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot in March.

But with the European Athletics Championships in Zurich looming on the horizon, she is determined to make even greater strides in the summer ahead.

Porter, 26, who will run in Manchester on Saturday said:

"Moscow was a huge turning point for me. There was a little bit of redemption for me, having come off the huge disappointment of the 2012 Olympics and thinking about quitting.

“Coming back and winning a global medal with a personal best  (12.55 seconds) after just one year of switching to a new coach and a completely new training programme just shows me that I have a lot more to give.

"I am really looking forward to building on that in 2014. My goal this summer is to hopefully get on top of the podium at the European Championships."

She has, of course, been on that second step of the podium with her silver medals from the 60m hurdles at the European Athletics Championships in Paris in 2011 and the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul a year later.

But at the Olympics in London she failed to make the final which saw her contemplate what to do next.

Remaining in the sport was the wise choice as her two World bronze medals have proved and she is now guided by British Athletics' Rana Raider, the former USA Coach of the Year.

Porter added: "It’s almost as if it made me fall in love with athletics again. Just having a new perspective and having the camaraderie that comes with training partners has definitely helped me."

She will go to Zurich knowing she is in a strong position, after finishing last summer as the best ranked European at the distance.

Porter's best time from Moscow came as she finished third behind American Brianna Rollins in 12.44 and Australia's Olympic champion Sally Pearson, who was second in 12.50.

On the European stage, Porter led the way in the rankings from Cindy Billaud of France, with 12.59 and Russian Yuliya Kondakova with 12.73.