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Well-timed Twell overwhelmed about 1500m victory

Stephanie Twell of GBR is overcome with emotion during the medal presentation (Getty Images)Stephanie Twell of GBR is overcome with emotion during the medal presentation (Getty Images) © Copyright

 Great Britain's Stephanie Twell believes her 1500 metres victory on Sunday's final day of the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland points to a great senior career.

Described the win as "overwhelming", Twell, who turns 19-year-old next month, hinted the victory could not have come at a better time in her career.

"To be a World Junior champion before stepping onto the senior world athletics stage, is important and apart of my development as an athlete," she said shortly after her well-executed run.

Twell's biggest achievement before Sunday's race had been double European Junior Cross Country titles, something she said is totally different from on the track.

"I think you have to be mentally and physically stronger for on the track," she added while saying after Sunday's run, "I can now go out there and be a great senior athlete because of what I learned here today.”

It was a well-timed victory by Twell. So timely was Twell's race, she won by about 15 metres, though she did not make her move until 200m to go.

Ethiopian Kalkidan Gezahegne went out early and was unchallenged for the first 400m and led right up to 200m to go. At the bell lap, Gezahengne, who has a personal best of 4:15.2, was going at 3:14.74, but that was all left in her leg.
It was time for Twell to make her move and entering the backstretch, she cut the lead and by time she reached the 200m mark, she was ahead.

Entering the home straight, Twell opened her lead and power down the straight to take victory in 4:15.09 seconds. Gezahegne held on for second in 4:16.58 while Britain's second entire – Emma Pallant was third in 4:17.06.

"I came away from here learning a lot … how to race more tactically and be strong at racing tactically and just don't be dictated by the Africans, but just to show them that I am here to ruffle a few feathers too," explained Twell, the European 1500m silver medallist.

Trailing for almost the entire race before taking away the win, Twell said: "I really enjoy pressure … other people expectation of myself, let me have a greater expectation of myself, so I think if there anything about me, I enjoy it (pressure)," she added.

Asked if she was happy with the time, Twell, who recorded a personal best of 4:06.70 in last year, was quick to say, "for a tactical race, yes, I am very happy, considering it was such a slow first lap."
Anthony Foster for the IAAF