Lucy Hatton believes she showed that she can mix it with the best in the business after taking bronze home from the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix.
The 20-year-old saw off the challenge of national record holder Tiffany Porter at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on Saturday as she clocked 8.11 seconds to claim the final 60m hurdles spot.
It was a performance that brought mixed reactions from Hatton – who missed the qualifying standard for the European Indoor Championships in Prague by just 0.06 seconds.
But she is confident that she has the pace in her locker and thinks she did enough to justify inclusion in the squad for the trip to the Czech Republic next month.
“I’m happy and not happy with that to be honest. I’m happy with the position but it’s just the time because I’m just outside the Euros,” said Hatton, who was speaking at the event in Birmingham, which sees Sainsbury’s act as the Major Event Series partner of British Athletics.
“I’m a little bit gutted still but I hope that I’ve come here and shown that I can perform against top athletes.
“I know the time wasn’t there which is a shame but I was competitive so that means a lot and I’m happy with that.
“I think I’m ready for the Europeans but that’s not for me to answer. I think I’ve gone out there today and shown that I’m ready to compete with these women.
“I think I’ve got the times in me and I think I’ve got sub eight but I don’t feel like I’m ever in the race and I’m always in the lanes and not in the middle.”
It’s been a busy start to the season for Hatton, who already has a silver medal in the British Championships to her name.
But she says the chance to compete with some of her idols in Birmingham is something that will inspire her going forward.
“Being 20 against people like Tiffany Porter is a fantastic experience and I’m not going to go away with my head down because I have finished third and shown I can compete with these amazing women so I hope I can be one of them one day,” she added.
“I would probably be in floods of tears if I made the squad for Prague. It would mean the world to me because I need that experience and I have never had a GB experience and I don’t want it to be too late and go in there and think I can’t handle it.
“Seeing my position today against someone like Tiffany Porter is amazing because she is a role model to me.”
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