Hazel gets season off to good start

Great Britain's Louise Hazel competing in the 100m hurdles of the Heptathlon
Great Britain's Louise Hazel competing in the 100m hurdles of the Heptathlon
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LOUISE Hazel got her 2012 season off to a good start with a victory in the 60 metres hurdles at the Birmingham Indoor Games at the weekend.

The March athlete clocked 8.63 secs to win her heat and then improved on that effort in the final with a winning time of 8.38.

She also competed in the high jump but was not at all pleased with a leap of just 1.64m.

Hazel who has already tasted a golden success by winning the heptathlon at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 has been looking forward to the 2012 London Olympics for some years now as she has steadily increased her points tally in the event to a pb of 6,166 points.

The 26-year-old is leaving no stone unturned in training in the build-up to the major event this summer as her training routine shows.

She works out twice a day, 10am-12.30pm technical sessions, 4pm-6.30pm hard work, five hours in total, six days a week.

Hazel said: “In the morning I would do long jump for example, and in the afternoon I would run or do weights. At the gym I work on strength and power. I do weightlifting and conditioning. I’m a lightweight so I work also on my speed and my jumping abilities. Heptathlon is a multi-skilled sport so I have to do all-round conditioning.”

As well as her demanding training regime, she has also been busy away from athletics too.

Apart from an appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show, she has also done a fashion shoot for the magazine Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. But even more revealing has been a recent saucy naked shoot for lads’ magazine GQ.

She said: “Depending on the picture, it’s not the kind of thing I’d obviously display massively on my website because you’re a role model.

“But I think as you grow older there’s a right time to do stuff like that and there’s a wrong time.

“I think I’m at an age now where I am comfortable in my skin. I am of a certain age where I feel I am fully developed. I really enjoyed it.”