Lisa is Shepway's golden girl

Contributed by editor on Mar 21, 2006 - 09:54 PM



Dobriskey victory

New Romney is celebrating today after local runner Lisa Dobriskey won the 1500m Commonwealth Games gold medal. 

The 22-year-old from Ashford AC  was clearly stunned with her triumph in the race, sprinting off the final bend to overhaul her England team-mate Helen Clitheroe and cross the line in 4mins 06.21secs, just outside her personal best of 4:05.42.

"I am absolutely gob-smacked! Not in my wildest dreams did I believe I would win this, especially after my terrible tactics,� said Dobriskey, coached by George Gandy at Loughborough University.

Lisa studied at Southlands School in New Romney where her running talents were spotted.

The European under-23 silver medallist, who is only  ranked 40th in the world was upbeat about the future of British middle-distance running following Kelly Holmes' retirement. 

Holmes praised Dobriskey's efforts and told BBC Sport: "How fantastic was that?