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Massey’s Olympic Debut Draws One Step Closer
Tuesday 16th August 2016 @ 15:18 by Mark Phillip

Former Denton Community College PE teacher Kelly Massey is making her final preparations ahead of the 4x400m relay event in Rio on Saturday.

The 31-year-old confirmed her place in the team GB Squad after a fast split time in the opening round of the European Championships in Amsterdam.

Entering the twilight of her career, the forthcoming event will mark her first – and last – Olympic Games.

However, Massey has a wealth of experience when it comes to big occasions.

In fact, the Sale Harriers star has competed at the World University Games, Commonwealth Games and the European Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Massey’s most notable achievements came during the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2015 European Indoor Championships after claiming silver in the 4x400m relay on both occasions.

The Coventry born athlete also claimed a first place finish in the 2016 European Championships.

Speaking ahead of the games, Massey said: “I think I’m excited about the whole experience.

“In 2008, I ended up being bitten when I was away on warm weather training, so as a result of that I couldn’t bear weight on my foot.”

Massey was dealt another blow four years later. She added: “I ended up getting glandular fever in 2012, so it’s almost like it’s third time lucky.

“I’m just really looking forward to the whole experience because obviously it will be my first Olympics, but also my last Olympics as well.”

Massey’s 4x400m relay qualifier takes place on August 20 from 0.40am, with the final on August 21 at 2am.