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Carlisle javelin ace Lee Doran will begin the countdown to his dream of Commonwealth Games glory next month.
Doran will test out his winter training programme when he takes part in his first competition of 2014, the UK Winter Throws in Loughborough on March 1.
The competition will act as a qualifier for the European Winter Throws on March 15 and 16 in Portugal – the first major event in what is set to be a massive year for the UK No1.
Doran has his sights set on winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, starting on July 23, as well as smashing the 80m barrier for the first time in his career.
The 28-year-old, from Morton, also hopes to gain selection for the European Championships in Zurich in August.
Doran is aiming to recapture his best form after an ankle injury wrecked the whole of 2013 and prevented him from hitting the heights of the previous year when he won the Sainsbury’s British Championships with a personal best throw of 79.72m.
“I feel I am now starting to get back to my best of 2012 as training is going really well so I’m looking forward to competing again,” he said.
“I’ve had a long winter of rehab and everything is fine with the injury.
“There are some big plans for the year and there is so much to aim for. I’ve targeted a medal at the Commonwealth Games and I’d also like to reach the final at the Europeans and see what happens.
“I’ll start with trying to qualify for the European Winter Throws, where I’ll have the chance to compete against the best in Europe and do some warm weather training.
“Then I’ll go back into hard training to start competing in early May, starting with the Loughborough International.
“It will be full steam ahead leading into the Commonwealth Games and European Championships straight after that.
“I am setting my sights on throwing over 80m and it is well within my sights.”
Doran competes for Wales after attending Cardiff University, and he will join his teammates at a winter training camp in Portugal from April 11 to begin their preparations for the Commonwealth Games.
He finished sixth at the 2010 Delhi Games and just missed out on the London Olympics two years later despite achieving the B qualifying standard.
Lee Doran

Lee Doran - World Class Javelin Thrower