It’s hard to believe that London 2012 was four years ago. What do you remember most about your time during the last Olympic Games?
I remember being on the starting line of the hurdles and filled with nervous energy and excitement. The race itself was a complete blur. It all happened so quickly. When I crossed the line, I looked straight at the clock and I saw the time. I was blown away by it. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe I’d run that time and it was just an incredible feeling to know I’d started my Olympic Games campaign with a great win.
Do you feel less pressure this time?
I do feel slightly less pressure going into Rio. Obviously London 2012 was such a big year for me and the lead-up was fantastic. The whole experience was an amazing thing to go through. This year I have pressure on myself and expectations. I’m very satisfied with what I’ve already achieved, but my target for Rio is to go out there and perform at the top of my game. I would love to retain my Olympic Games title
Are you excited about seeing the city?
I’ve been to Rio only once before so I haven’t experienced it all that much. But I’m looking forward to seeing what the crowd is like. Obviously it will be different to London but I think it will be a really great carnival atmosphere. And the weather should be fantastic!
You’re an inspiration to many young women . What were your dreams or motivation as a younger athlete?
As soon as I started athletics, I loved it from day one. I loved running and taking part in all the different events. My dream was always to stand on top of the podium. It was always about having that feeling of winning gold. As I got a little bit older, I realised the different championships and levels you could get to, and the Olympic Games became a huge dream for me. I wanted to firstly become an Olympian and secondly to stand on the top of podium as a winner.
You became a Mum in 2014. Has it been tough coming back to competition?
Definitely. Physically your body changes a lot. There were a lot of different exercises I had to do to make sure I was back to my best. Mentally, my life has changed incredibly. Now I’m a Mum, my perspective on everything is completely different. There have been lots of challenges this year and it’s been a really great learning curve and really challenging to find my feet back in the sport. But I’ve been over the moon to get back into competition and to make the World Championships and then to win out in Beijing was just incredible.
Life is obviously busier now too. If you had one day all to yourself, how would you spend your time?
Whenever I have time off I just want to spend it with my son. I would have a fun morning planned of going to the park and doing something he would enjoy. And then maybe I’d have an afternoon at a spa and just relax and put my feet up for a bit.
What qualities do you admire in a woman’s watch?
There’s such a nice range of OMEGA watches and there’s something for every occasion. I love the elegance of the Ladymatic. It’s a stunning watch. The diamonds always set them off beautifully. So I would say that I always look for a really elegant and classy watch.