Shauna is in Dubai for 3 weeks of training and competition, accompanied by her Dad Loic. Trips like this are a huge commitment but are necessary to get the levels of competition and experience needed to secure the entry standards to the big competitions later this year. After a first week of training and acclimatisation, it was time for the first meeting, the Sharjah WPA International Open from the 4th to the 6th of February.
It was a very windy affair on Sunday and Shauna clocked 17″62 in the 100m (-2.2m/s) before rounding out the first day with a 1:52.83s in the 800m after a solo effort, Shauna not being able to catch the wheel of the faster athlete this time round.
Next up on Monday was the 200m and 1500m. The day started well for Shauna with a time of 30.50 (-1.4m/s) for the 200m and a 3rd place finish overall which gave a her a visit to the podium. The day ended with the 1500m which saw 14 girls lined up at the start. It was a rush at the start and Shauna got herself in a good position for the first 800m, unfortunately the girl in front of her missed her transition and Shauna had to go around her in order to stay with the pack. A hard solo effort in the third lap which Shauna paid for on the last, losing the wheel in the last 100m, but coming home with a massive 10 seconds PB in 3:21.00, just outside the High Performance Standard but a B standard for the World Championships in Kobe later this year.
Tuesday started with a very good 400m, Shauna winning her heat in 57″06 just outside her PB and the day finished with another huge PB in the 5000m. Shauna coming home in 11:16.79 after a very good tactical race. That time is both a High Performance Standard for Paris 2024 and a B standard for the World Championships.
A lot of learning from this first meet in UAE where races take place quite late in the evening and some very good progress already.
Next up is the Khorfakkan WPA International meeting on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th where Shauna will be racing over 100m, 800m and 1500m.