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Emily is running for her dreams

Athlete Emily Lawson ready to take on the US.

July 23, 2014 3:45am

Three races are all that stand between Kyabram athlete Emily Lawson and her dreams of success as she gears up for the 400m heat of the International Association of Athletics Federations World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon tomorrow.

Emily will line up at 4.30am Australian time to compete in the heat, with victory earning her a place in the semi-final on Friday and a possible final on Saturday.

Father Alistair Lawson said Emily faced a tough challenge in the races ahead but that she had prepared well.

‘‘If everyone runs their best performances, Emily will have to do a personal best to make the second round,’’ he said.

‘‘She would then have to run a couple seconds quicker than she ever has run before to make the finals. I am really hoping she will get to the second round and I would say she would be very disappointed if she didn’t get to the second round.’’

Emily has prepared well for the competition both at home and overseas, winning the 400m and coming second in the 200m during a meet in Vancouver, Canada.

Now settled into the team village in Oregon, Emily has also had access to high quality training facilities and ice baths to help her recovery and preparation.

Emily will also be competing in the 4x400m relay this Sunday with the finals for the relay to be held the following day.

Alistair said he hoped the IAAF website would have live streaming of the race, but failing that, the website offers a radio stream of all events.

Anyone wishing to tune in to hear Emily’s progress can visit: http://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-junior-championships

Emily’s schedule:

400m heat: 4.30am, Thursday.

400m semi-final: 12.05pm, Friday.

400m final: 1.30pm, Saturday.

4x400m heat: 8.05am, Sunday.

4x400m final: 9.35am, Monday.

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