Athletics Junior Champs Flash Quote - Women's 400m Hurdles

21st July 2013

Hayley McLean – European Junior 400mH Champion – 57.26

I’m very emotional, especially when I’ve worked all season to come here and get a gold medal. It’s kind of a dream come true so I’m very happy.

My coach said that I needed to get out and attack the first 200m a bit harder, as in my heat and semi I didn’t really attack it enough. My plan was to dominate from the beginning and just hold on, and I think that’s what I did. I just wanted to give it 110% and die when I finished!

I’m doubly happy – to come away with a personal best means that I couldn’t have run any harder, so I’m thrilled.

It’s what I’ve dreamed of since I was about twelve. I went to the World Youth’s two years ago and wasn’t very successful, finishing sixth, so to come here and actually win is a dream come true.