Gandy (formerly Stella
Bandu & Ted Hawkins)
Sarah English Schools’
bronze medallist in the hammer in 2002.
6 Aug 2004
31 May 2004
the Kent scene at the same time as Charlotte
Dale and has long been regarded as one of the best young talents in Britain.
Her first major title came
over 800m when she secured the AAA U15 title, going on to add the U17 gold
Lisa won the English
Schools' Inter Girls' 800m in 2:10.60.
English Schools Track and
Field Championships 1999, 800m FINAL. 1sr Time: 2:10.60.
Made her junior
international debut in 2000.
She collected the English
Schools' Inter girls' 800m silver medal behind Somerset's Jemma Simpson in a
time of 2:10.0.
English Schools Track and
Field Championships 2000, 800m FINAL. 2nd Time: 2:10.0.
Lisa was the English Schools
Senior Girls' 1500m champion, winning over Essex's Faye
Fullerton in 4:25.85.
English Schools Track and
Field Championships 2001, 1500m FINAL. 1st Time: 4:25.85.
Dobriskey has also shown
good form on the roads and cross country, representing Britain’s junior team
at both world and European Cross Country Championships. Her 12th place in the
Europeans in 2002 helped Britain to team gold.
Cross Country - Junior Women - 6km
first athletes to test the course were the Junior Women in their 6km race.
DOBRISKEY came in 68th in 23:10 and said:
quite pleased with my run and enjoyed the race. It was tough and ideally I
would have liked to have been in the top 50. I was nervous before the
European Cross Country Championships in Thun but I think this time I coped
better with my nerves. I could see the other GB Team runners but Freya
[Murray] and I helped each other during the hard finishing straight.
However, I still prefer the track."
Norwich Union GB Team finished in eighth place with 130 points, just two
points behind France in seventh on 128 points.
Based at Loughborough
University, Dobriskey won the 800m at the 2003 BUSA Championships and then
showed good form in two under-23 competitions. She secured the AAA U23 title and
went on to clock a PB of 4:12.95 for bronze in the European U23s.
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Women’s 4km Championship:
Last year’s three medallists face a re-match: Kate Reed (Bristol and
West AC) is hopefully over a foot injury sufficiently to put up a fitting
defence of her title; last year’s Silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey
(Ashford AC) proved her form by winning the British Students Indoors 3000m
in 9:08 last weekend; Bronze medallist Freya Murray (Edinburgh) is a
former European Junior medallist for Norwich Union GB.
the other contenders, Hattie Dean (Radley AC) is in the form of her life
having won the British Students’ Cross Country title and the National
Silver medal; former Inter-Counties Under 20 Silver medallist Aine Hoban
(Wakefield Harriers) is a student at Nottingham University and ideally
placed to have done her homework on Wollaton Park’s vagaries; Laura
Kenny (Royal Sutton Coldfield) won the English National Junior title a
fortnight ago; Getenesh Tamirat (Belgrave Harriers) was seventh in the
European Trials over 5km at the Reebok London Challenge in November and is
stronger over shorter distances; and Katrina Wootton (Bedford and County
AC) won Inter-Counties medals at every age group as a teenager – Gold as
an Under 13 in 1999, Gold as an Under 15 in 2000, Silver as an Under 17 in
2002 and Silver as an Under 20 in 2004.
was 2nd in the Senior woman's 4km at the Reebok
Inter-counties in Nottingham.
The Thales Fanny
Blankers-Koen Games, an IAAF Grand Prix I meeting, at Hengelo in the Netherlands
on Monday evening, 31 May: European Under 23 Bronze medallist Lisa Dobriskey
(Ashford AC) lowered her 1500m lifetime best to 4:08.82 for sixth place, only
0.62sec and two places behind Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist Helen
Clitheroe (Preston Harriers). Both will now be eyeing the Olympic ‘A’
standard of 4:05.80, which was achieved in this race by only the winner, Carmen
Douma (Canada), who lowered her PB to 4:04.85.
At the IAAF
Golden League meeting in Zurich, Switzerland
at last summer’s European Under 23 Championships medallist Lisa Dobriskey
invaluable experience in the Under 23 Women’s 800m , which was won in 2:00.57
by Janeth Jepkosgei (Kenya). and Dobriskey, the European Under 23 1500m Bronze
medallist, seventh in a personal best of 2:02.90.
CHAMP DOBRISKEY RETURNS TO FACE BIG GUNS
say Lisa Dobriskey won the 2002 Junior Great North Mile at a canter would
be an understatement, but the Kent speedster is fully aware of the
enormity of her task against senior opposition as she returns to the scene
of her breathtaking victory this weekend.
Loughborough student has made encouraging strides in the past two years,
claiming a European U23 1500m silver medal in 2003 at just 19 years of
age. Possibly more eye-catching, however, was the way she ran out Helen
Clitheroe at the Olympic trials in Manchester last July to claim AAA
silver medal behind World Championships bronze medallist Hayley Tullett.
will once again lock horns with Tullett and Clitheroe on Saturday but
everyone in the field is aware that one name really does light up the
start list, double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes.
George Gandy-coached athlete came agonisingly close to joining Holmes in
the 1500m in Athens but fell just short of the qualifying time.
did, however, make the journey to the Greek capital to support her
boyfriend, British 800m number one Ricky Soos, and was in the stadium when
Homes won her second gold medal, an experience that inspired the
enthused: “It was
amazing what Kelly did in Athens - incredible. It just makes you realise
what is possible if you work extremely hard and dedicate yourself to the
about her chances against Holmes on Saturday, the English Literature
undergraduate said: “Kelly
is on a different planet at the moment and will be eager to finish her
season with a big win on home soil. I took a break after running in Zurich
and am now back in training but in is generally base work so I am not sure
how I will perform this weekend. I really enjoyed the course and the whole
experience two years ago so it is great to be back.
be in the field with Kelly will be great. I raced her at Gateshead and
Crystal Palace but she was not a double Olympic champion then!”
of her performance this weekend, it seems Dobriskey has the right
credentials to follow in the footsteps of fellow Kent athlete Holmes.
manager, Jonny Wootton, is confident of this, saying: “I
honestly believe Lisa can the number one 1500m runner in Britain within
three years. Kelly Holmes, Hayley Tullett and Helen Clitheroe are all in
there thirties and at the moment Lisa has a strong lead in the chasing
are never any certainties in athletics but with luck on her side I can see
her being a future world class athlete. She has a great set up in
Loughborough and a vastly experienced coach who knows how to get the best
the short term, I would think her aim next year will be to make the World
Championship team for Helsinki. I think she had the qualifying time in her
this year but was very unlucky in the Super Grand Prix in Madrid when an
Kenyan athlete fell in front of her and completely destroyed her
Union World Trials & AAA Championships
- Lisa Dobriskey (Ashford) is expected to race over 3000m, where the
women’s field includes UK steeplechase record-holder Tina Brown
the lead from the gun, Lisa Dobriskey (Ashford) burnt off the opposition
including Natalie Harvey (South London Harriers) until just herself and
Tina Brown (Coventry Godiva) remained in contention going into the
last 1000m. The 1500m specialist pushed the pace on but with Brown set to
stride out over the 3000m steeplechase in Melbourne it wasn’t until the
final 100m that the shorter distance speed won through in 9.10.44 - Brown
snatching an encouraging PB in 9.11.08. The star performer, however, was
17-year-old Non Stanford
(Swansea) who ploughed her way around the EIS track, catching Harvey and
running alongside all the way to a Welsh Junior record of 9.22.98.
European Cup, Malaga
Dobriskey (Ashford) started the 1500m knowing full well that the bumping
and barging of the previous evening had seen room-mate Becky Lyne tumble
out of contention. However, she was still unable to free herself from the
field when a break occurred with 300m to go, and she suffered badly,
fading to seventh in 4.18.13.
can’t believe it,”
she winced “If I
could run again tomorrow I would make sure I was closer for the break but
I just felt so flat I had nothing when they went.”