JESSICA Judd admits her World Championships qualification has yet to sink in.

The 22-year-old, from Canvey Island, will represent Great Britain at the London Stadium next month after finishing second in the 1500m at the selection trials on Sunday.

But Judd is struggling to come to terms with her success.

“I had become so used to going to the trials and not making the squad so it’s not really sunk in yet that I’m going to be running at the World Championships,” said Judd, a former Castle View School pupil.

“I’ve been speaking to my dad about it and we were both saying it doesn’t really seem real but I’m really happy and excited about it.

“It’s amazing to have qualified but it all feels a little bit crazy at the moment.”

Judd shone brightly as a junior athlete, setting numerous British records and winning a host of medals before breaking onto the senior scene.

The Rochford born star represented Great Britain at the 2013 World Championships and the following season ran at both the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

However, the following two years saw Judd struggling to hit top form before being able to bounce back to her best this season.

“I had a couple of tough years and my times weren’t what I wanted them to be,” recalled Judd.

“I remember after missing out on the Olympics in Rio I did an 800m training session in Devon and I wasn’t running anywhere near the level I wanted to be at.

“That was a very long journey home but I kept on plugging away.

“I enjoy my running and the training so there was no way I was ever going to give up.

“I kept on working hard and I had a really good winter, which I think has been a big reason why things have been going better for me on the track.”

But Judd was also quick to praise the part her dad Mick has played in rejuvenating her career.

“My dad has been my coach since last summer and it’s been going really well,” said Judd.

“Because I’m in Loughborough he isn’t always at my training sessions but I ring him afterwards and it’s working well.”

That has been shown by Judd’s results this season, with the middle distance runner setting a new personal best of four minutes and 4.5 seconds earlier this season.

And she will now be seeking another strong performance in the London Anniversary Games this weekend.

“I’m running the mile and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Judd.

“It will be great to run in the stadium before the World Championships and I’m sure the atmosphere will be amazing.”

The World Championships will get underway in early August.

But Judd has also been selected for the European under-23 Championships in both the 1500m and 5,000m and must soon decide whether or not to take part.

“We went for the under-23s in case nothing else came off so we need to decide what to do and we have to do it quite soon too,” said Judd.

“We need to decide what is the best way to prepare for the World Championships and making the most of this opportunity.

“I’ve achieved what was my main aim for the season but now I want to do more.”