Olympic bronze-medalist runner Eilidh Doyle believes Tokyo 2020 postponement is a ‘positive'

Eilidh Doyle is setting her sights on Tokyo 2020
Eilidh Doyle is setting her sights on Tokyo 2020 (PA)
16:20pm, Wed 15 Jul 2020
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Scottish runner Eilidh Doyle believes the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is actually a ‘positive’.

The 33 year-old, who won a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay at Rio’s 2016 Olympics, is now targeting a place in the 400m hurdles at Tokyo.

Doyle was preparing to compete this summer in the 4x400m relay with the GB squad after giving birth to her son Campbell in January. 

But now with the Games being pushed back a year, she believes it can only be a good thing for her. 

She told BBC Scotland's Fair Play: Women in Sport podcast: "It was virtually impossible to be competitive over hurdles.

"Now that we've been postponed, it gives me a lot more time. Maybe I can come back and be a part of the 400m hurdles, which is the event I love.

“It's about being able to take all the positives from what has been a pretty horrendous time for a lot of people.”

If selected she will be competing as the third Scottish track and field female athlete to take part in three Olympics. 

At the last three world championship events she has just missed out on a gold medal in the 4x400m relay, winning silver in 2013 and 2017, and bronze in 2015. 

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