Laura still on the road to Rio says coach Colin

Laura Reynolds, accompanied by National Endurance Coach Chris Jones, after having to drop out of the Women's 20K Race Walk at the European Championships in Zurich last Thursday. Photo by Morgan Treach/INPHO
Pulling out of last Thursday’s European Championships was heart breaking for Mohill’s Laura Reynolds but coach Colin Griffin is determined that Reynolds can put 2014 behind her and keep on the road to Rio.

Pulling out of last Thursday’s European Championships was heart breaking for Mohill’s Laura Reynolds but coach Colin Griffin is determined that Reynolds can put 2014 behind her and keep on the road to Rio.

“We’ll take it year by year,” sadi Colin in Zurich, “she did exceed targets all targets at the London Olympics and that kind of raised the expectations. The next level for Laura is to get into the next 90 minute level.”

“That’s where Laura should be targeting and when you get into those times, you go top eight and you’re generally not that far away from a medal,” added fellow Leitrim Olympian Griffin.

And Colin, who went through his own highs and lows in his walking career, has pointed to the example of previous top Irish female walkers Gillian O’Sullivan and Olive Loughnane as inspiration for Laura in the years ahead.

“The likes of Gillian O’Sullivan and Olive Loughane careers have gone through that,” contended Colin, “It’s just about getting a good winter training session behind her and work into next season and just get away from this little things that are causing us trouble.”

The next major events for Laura include the World Championships in Beijing next year before Rio de Janerio hosts the Olympics in 2016