HARROW sprinter Laura Turner admitted nerves got the better of her at the Aviva World Trials and UK Championships after being disqualified from the 100m final, writes Ryan Bangs.
The 26-year-old jumped the gun twice as Joice Maduaka took gold in a time of 11.52seconds at the Alexander Stadium.
Things did not improve in the 200m and despite surpassing her achievements to reach the final, she could only come eighth in a time of 24.24seconds.
Turner, who runs for Harrow Athletics Club, admitted she failed to do herself justice in Birmingham.
She said: "Getting disqualified in the 100m was really upsetting but I didn't let it play on my mind. You've got to get over these things as quickly as possible otherwise they can plague you.
"I had two really bad starts in the heats for the 100m and I think I just got too eager in the final and went too soon.
"I'm not normally a false starter and the 100m is my best event so it was doubly disappointing for me.
"I had nothing left to give in that last race. It was a race too far for me after all the work I've done over the weekend.
"My only aim with the 200m was to make the final and I did that so I've got to be happy."
Turner has yet to book her place at this summer's World
Championships with a season best of 11.40seconds - still a tenth of a second outside the A qualifying mark.
But with a personal best of 11.19 seconds, Turner is confident she can still make the squad going to Berlin by producing a performance at the Crystal Palace Grand Prix next week.
"I haven't qualified for Berlin in the 100m yet so that is all I am thinking about at the moment," she said.
"I've got the Crystal Palace Grand Prix coming up and I'm going to go there and put this week behind me and hopefully put in a good performance.
"I'm still very confident that I can get to the World Champion-ships and know that if I perform how I can do then I should get there with not too much trouble.
"I haven't thought about targets for Berlin - I just want to make sure I get there and I will take it from there."
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