HUDDERSFIELD’S Georgina Oliver insists she is well on her way to booking a spot at London 2012 despite just missing out on the medals at the BT Paralympic World Cup.
Oliver had to settle for fourth in the T54 100m in a time of 18.73 at the event in Manchester, just four tenths off the qualifying standard for London.
However, the 19-year-old was comfortably inside that qualifying time at the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial event in Switzerland last week and is set to be part of a strong British team in the capital.
Oliver also competed in the 400m in Manchester finishing sixth in difficult conditions.
And despite struggling to reach her best times, the former Kirklees College pupil is confident she is perfectly-placed to peak in London.
She said: “My preparations went really well leading up to the Paralympic World Cup. I’ve been training very hard and hopefully it will pay off in London.
“I was in the 400m here as well but the 100m was the one that I was really focusing on and I’m glad with how I performed.
“I'm going to Knowsley in Liverpool at the weekend for the Disability Athletics Grand Prix. It will be a big one for me, and after that London is the main target.
“I just have to get the times down if I want to be selected, but I’m getting near them so I’m feeling fairly confident.”
Oliver was part of a large British contingent competing in Manchester, led by sprinter Graeme Ballard who smashed the world record in the first event of the day.
The 32-year-old became the first man under 12 seconds in the T36 100m as he romped home in 11.98, before adding a second gold in the 200m later in the day.
And South African ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius was also in dominant form as he began his season with a convincing win in the T43 200m.
The 26-year-old is set to be the only person to compete at both the Olympics and Paralympics this summer and could not have been happier with his performance in Manchester.
He added: “I think everything went according to plan, there wasn’t one aspect of the race that went badly.
“I came out of the blocks comfortably, accelerated neatly, my angles on the corners were fine and the home straight was neat but I felt maybe I could have gone a bit quicker. I really enjoyed the competition, though.”
The BT Paralympic World Cup took place in Manchester from 22-26 May with elite international athletes competing in Athletics, Football 7-aside and Wheelchair Basketball. Go to www.btparalympicworldcup.com for more information