ASHFORD Athletic Club’s Lisa Dobriskey showed she is right back in form after her injury worries setting the second fastest 1500m time ever by a UK woman and a personal best in the Weltklasse IAAF Golden League meeting in Zurich.
She confirmed her world class by going under four minutes for the first time with a brilliant 3:59.50 which puts her only second to Kent’s Kelly Holmes in the UK all-time list having clocked 3:57.90 back in 2004.
Lisa was held to third place in Zurich edged out again by world champion Maryam Jamal from Bahrain and American Anna Willard with less than four tenths of a second covering the top three.
But the girl from New Romney came back to a winner’s welcome romping to victory two days later in the Aviva British Grand Prix meeting at Gateshead.
A relatively slow race saw her clock 4:13.60 but it was enough to earn Dobriskey the win over Slovakia Sonja Roman and England’s Hannah England.
Dobriskey ran her usual tactical race showing a new found confidence and vigour following her World Championship silver medal success.
Aviva UK Champion Charlene Thomas (Wakefield) took an early lead running confidently, the result of fine form in 2009. Dobriskey, who had manoeuvred herself into favourable position at the bell, moved up to challenge Erin Donohue (USA) who had taken the lead with one lap to go. At 200m Dobriskey gained the edge, powering through despite a challenge by England (Oxford) who was pipped to second place on the line by the Slovakian. Roman ran4:14.41 and England 4:14:45.
Dobriskey said: “Fantastic. I was so worried before. I didn’t want to come here and finish second or third, I wanted to celebrate properly and give the crowd something to cheer for. It’s been crazy since Berlin. I don’t think it’s had a chance to sink in yet. It was amazing to run so fast in Zurich and it’s phenomenal to be just behind Kelly Holmes on the UK all-time list.”