It was fast for the first 400m and it was nice to be chasing a rabbit in the heat, having Adelle (TRACEY, GBR) in front of me. I think she is in good shape and she´ll be one of the contenders.
It´s an honour to be here and defend my title.
GUERRERO E (ESP)
- Winner 2:02.95 Q
I am happy with my race and I am particularly pleased with my last 400m. The sem-final will be difficult but I will focus on myself to race better and try to make it to the final.
VELVERE L (LAT)
- Winner 2:05.37 Q
I just held it from the front and controlled it.
It should have been easy and I am looking forward to the next round.
Racing against these girls at this level helps us all.
EYKENS R (BEL)
- Winner 2:03.07 Q
I planned to give my everything to go to the semis. I didn't want to risk waiting for too long. I wanted to fight and finish well.
The semis will be different. It all depends on how my opponents decide to run. It's unpredictable. I will talk to my coach but I will give my all. It will be all or nothing. I prefer to get nothing while trying for all.
OSKAN-CLARKE S (GBR)
- Second 2:03.50 Q
I feel good. I´m happy that is out of the way. I had to compose myself.
It isn´t easy regardless of who you are racing.
I´ve tried different things in training compared to the last European indoors in Belgrade and I still feel great.