Commonwealth Games coverage
Published: 15 July 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
Video: Simon Powers
Team England’s Dannielle Khan hopes her Glasgow Commonwealth Games experience can help her reach the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 18-year-old track sprinter will race at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome from 24-28 July in what she describes as the ‘pinnacle of her career’ so far.
And Khan, a double junior world champion, wants to capitalise on the event as part of her aspirations to represent Team GB in Brazil.
“It's going to have many similarities to Olympic Games, in terms of the set-up, the athletes' village, the media, being part of a team, getting kit issued,” Khan said.
“It's going to be a very similar feel to what the Olympics will be like in less than two years' time. It's great for me to be a part of that.”
Khan will return to the velodrome named after Olympic legend Hoy, the scene of her world championship heroics 12 months ago.
The former speed skater announced herself as one of Britain’s most exciting talents at the 2013 UCI Juniors Track World Championships with sprint and 500-metre time-trial wins.
“I loved the track and l loved riding on the track and it was very special to take those two titles,” Khan said.
“So to be returning to that track almost a year later as part of Team England with 400-plus members and a huge profile event, it's going to be really special for me.”
Khan does not expect a repeat of last year in a field that includes fellow Team England cyclist Jess Varnish and Australian two-time Olympic champion Anna Meares.
Outings in the 500m time-trial and individual sprint, though, will allow the Solihull rider to measure her progress against some of the world’s best athletes.
“In terms of getting a result it would be fantastic if I did but for me it's more about going to gain that invaluable experience of being part of a team,” Khan said.
“Being involved in the athletes' village and racing in such a high-profile sporting event, it's going to be the pinnacle of my career. I have never raced something as big as the Commonwealth Games.”