The coach of Zoey Clark believes she has the potential to become one of the best runners Britain has ever produced.
Eddie McKenna has been coaching the Aberdeen 400m runner since she took up athletics aged 15.
He has helped Clark to make major strides over the last year.
The 23-year-old became British 400m champion for the first time last year and went on to win a silver medal as part of the women’s 4x400m relay team at last year’s World Athletics Championships in London.
She just missed out on the final of the 400m at last month’s Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast, and helped the relay team set a new national record as they finished sixth in the final.
Her sights for the rest of the year are set on defending her British title at the end of June and trying to contend for a medal at the August European Championships in Berlin.
McKenna said: “She’s the best athlete I’ve ever coached, without a doubt, and I truly believe she could be one of the best runners Britain has ever produced.
“Fitness and health plays a big part in that, of course.
“It’s always, for me, about development; I’m not trying to push her too soon. For Zoey the goal is Tokyo and the 2020 Olympics but I see her career taking off much further than that.
“The plans going forward are to run in the British Trials. She’s already got five standards for the European Championships so we don’t have to worry about that.
“If she can win back-to-back British Championships that cements her as a creditable British runner.
“She is one of the ‘strike four’, which is what UK Athletics call their top 400m runners.
“I think Zoey can do that for as long as she wants to do it – as long as she keeps fit and healthy then there’s no reason why she can’t carry on.”
McKenna believes Clark’s performances at the Commonwealth Games are something to build on.
He added: “It’s always difficult to peak at that time of the year and we were quite pleased she was able to run low-52-second times. Zoey was disappointed not to reach the final but her particular heat was the worst heat.
“She wasn’t entirely happy with her race but I keep impressing on her that at the start of 2018 she has carried on from where she left off in 2017.”
Even though the Tokyo Olympics are two years away, McKenna has already started planning for them.
He said: “We will sit down and plan for Tokyo after the European Championships.
“You need a much longer lead-in than you do in any normal year – it takes at least 18 months to two years to prepare for an Olympic Games.”