“There aren’t enough words to say how incredible it was to win at London 2012. I had a massive feeling of relief because I’d worked so hard for that moment and it had all come together. It was all a bit of a blur at the time – I remember key moments like stepping into the stadium for the first time and certain events like the 800m, but so much was going on. Nerves and adrenalin were up and down and it wasn’t until I’d finished and could start looking back that I realised how special it was. Any Olympics is incredible but being at home with such a buzz everywhere was so special.
This season is a strange one because, although it’s an Olympic year, I feel slightly less pressure than I have felt in previous years. London had such a big build up and I felt a hell of a lot of responsibility to do the country proud, but this time round I feel more excitement – I want to enjoy the moment and the events, especially as this will definitely be my last Olympics. I don’t see myself going on for another four years unfortunately. I’ve done athletics for such a long time now and I’ve been fortunate enough to go to the best Games of our time. And Rio is going to be amazing too.