Aberdeen’s Zoey Clark won’t pursue an opportunity to compete in this weekend’s Diamond League meeting in London as she prefers to concentrate on preparing for next month’s world championships at the same venue.
The 22-year-old University of Aberdeen chemical engineering graduate secured her place on Team GB for the world event by winning the women’s 400m title at the British championships in Birmingham.
Clark showed exceptional maturity and outstanding tactical awareness to power through the field over the final 100m, eventually easing past Rio Olympic relay medallist Emily Diamond with 30m to go.
Diamond battled hard to stay in contention but Clark had timed her run to perfection and had sufficient speed and strength to grasp victory in 52.30, with her Bristol rival finishing 0.04secs behind.
Clark said: “It was actually a bit of a messy race.
“I didn’t quite follow my game-plan but I got there in the end.
“I was quite confident coming into the final straight as I usually finish quite strongly, and although my legs felt really tired I did enough.
“I am delighted to win the British title and secure my place for London.”
Clark will now sit down with coach Eddie McKenna and plan how best to spend her time between now and the world championships in which she will compete in the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay.
She said: “There was a possibility of being given a place in the Diamond League meeting this weekend.
“However, I picked up a bit of a cold leading up to the British championships, so I want to be sure I’ve recovered from that.
“I’m not quite sure which races I might do before the championships.
“The first objective for the season was to get to the trials and see how that went. Nothing was planned after that.
“So, we will sit down this week and decide what to do.
“I was planning to compete for my English club, Thames Valley Harriers, in a league match, and that’s still a possibility.”
Clark has already decided to pull out of the World University Games to be held in Chinese Taipei later next month. She had been selected to represent Great Britain but feels it comes too soon after the world championships.