Amber Anning has an appropriate forename.

Either interpretation works, whether a gem or a warning.

The Hove teenager is a potential track jewel for British athletics.

Especially after making everyone beware of her emerging talent in the Senior British Championships and European Indoor Trials in Birmingham.

Anning, only 18, broke the British women's 400 metres under-20 record which had stood for 49 years with a time of 53 seconds.

A powerful finish also won her an unexpected silver medal and a place in this weekend's European Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

The result exceeded expectations, including her own. Now in Scotland the Brighton and Hove club starlet has aspirations to duck under that stopwatch thrill.

"It's a senior competition, I'm still a junior," she said. "I'm still so young and it's my first time representing GB at that level. I'm just going to give it my best.

"I got 53 seconds dead (in Birmingham) but I still want to go sub, so I think the aim for Glasgow is to improve on my time.

"Semi-finals would be amazing and then, if I got there, give it my all to get to the final. It's not going to be easy, there are good girls competing.

"I just want to test myself against the best. To improve on what I have done already would be a nice finish to the indoor season."

Anning, the eldest of three daughters, was first introduced to athletics in Australia when she was five. Her father's work took the family there to live for three years.

After returning to Hove she joined the Phoenix club, better known for long-distance running, for nine months before switching to Brighton and Hove.

Until 2016 she competed in multi events and triple jump. She also played netball at regional level but had to give that up to channel all her efforts into athletics.

"It's only in the last couple of years I decided to concentrate more on the sprints," she said. "I love Brighton and I represent my club very proudly. They've been good to me."

The Argus: Combining high-level sport with education is challenging. Anning is studying A level Psychology, PE and Geography at BHASVIC.

She is coached by Lloyd Cowan, who guided Christine Ohuruogu to Olympic gold in the 400 metres in 2008 in Beijing, as well as two world titles.

Cowan is based in Mile End, London. Anning dashes home from college to catch a train to the capital three times a week. The pattern of travelling, late finishes and early starts is relentless.

She said: "I've got my exams in about 100 days time, so it's creeping up.

"It's hard. I'm kind of used to it now because in 2017 I did the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas and that was my GCSE year. That was a real tester.

"I work on the train. After training I work on the way back. I always have flash cards with me.

"It's always hard balancing stuff. I've had to make a lot of sacrifices in terms of friendships - can't go out to this party, can't go out to that, got to stay at home, go to bed early.

"I missed one of my closest friends' 18th birthday before Birmingham. It was on the Friday night and I had to be in bed by nine o'clock. It's paying off, so hopefully all these sacrifices will show in what I have achieved."

The outdoor target for Anning is the European Under-20s Championships in Sweden in July after missing last year's World Juniors in Finland through injury.

She said: "I'd love to win the Europeans, especially as it's my last year with my coach (Cowan) before I go to America. I'd love to finish on a high."

In August she is off to Louisiana State University, which has one of the best track team reputations in the States, on a four-year scholarship.

A relay place is a possibility in the World Championships in Qatar at the end of September or next year's Olympics in Tokyo. The ultimate goal is the 2024 Games in Paris.

Anning, also qualified to compete for Australia and Jamaica through her family heritage, said: "I just want an Olympic medal. I think that's everybody's dream.

"I don't work for nothing, I'm not making these sacrifices and putting in this hard work to not go anywhere. The aim is to go pro and then be able to win an Olympic medal.

"There's a lot coming up and I think you are never too young to achieve anything if you are at the speed where you can battle with these girls at the top. It's exciting."