London 2012: Charlotte Purdue to target New York return

Hampshire's Olympic hopeful Charlotte Purdue says she is targeting the New York Half Marathon in March for her comeback from injury.

The 20-year-old has been sidelined since injuring her ankle in the Great South Run in October.

Purdue is hoping to qualify for the Olympic 10,000m in London this year.

"That is what I am aiming for, I don't think I'll do anything before March, I just want to get back fit really," she told BBC Radio Solent.

Purdue revealed she may also try and gain the Olympic 'A' standard for the 5,000m also, but said the 10k was her main focus as she steps up her training after injury.

"I twisted my ankle in the Great South Run," added Purdue.

"That led to me hurting my knee in a warm weather training camp in Kenya because of the way I was running to compensate.

"I've been doing lots of swimming and bike riding and I'm feeling good, the 10k A standard is the target. I would love to get the 5k A standard as well but I'm definitely concentrating on the 10,000m.

"The track is my main aim and everything I do this year will be geared towards the Olympics."

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