Athletics: Dixon fears humidity at World Championships

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Alyson Dixon admits the Korean climate is her greatest foe as she prepares for her World Championship bow.

Wearsider Dixon lines up in the marathon on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships next Saturday, braced for a heat and humidity shock in the South Korean host city of Daegu.

The Chester-le-Street AC runner has spent the last 10 days acclimatising in South Korea after preparing for the race with altitude training in the Pyrenees and sessions in the environmental chamber at Northumbria University.

But she still doesn’t expect to get close to the 2min 31sec qualifying time needed to be eligible for next year’s Olympics.

Dixon could have opted to snub the World Championships in favour of a more time-friendly course, yet the 32-year-old admits she was unable to turn down the chance of her first appearance at a major championships.

And success next weekend would offer Dixon another route to the London games, with the top 20 finishers earning automatic eligibility for the Olympics.

* Full story in tonight’s Sunderland Echo