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GB call-up for heptathlete Katie

Solihull Editorial 24th Jun, 2014 Updated: 22 hours ago

KNOWLE heptathlete Katie Stainton has earned the honour of representing Great Britain & Northern Ireland’s senior athletic team in the European Cup Combined Events Super League.

The competition in Torun, Poland, at the beginning of July sees eight of the best teams in Europe compete in a multi-event contest over two days.

A team of four female athletes from each country will compete in seven events each, with points from each event added together to decide the winning team.

At the same time four male athletes from each country will compete in ten events each.

Nineteen-year-old Stainton, who lives in Knowle and studies in Loughborough, has just returned from Kladno, Czech Republic, where she increased her heptathlon personal best and came fifth in an IAAF Combined Events Challenge match, in which she was competing against some older and experienced athletes including former Olympians.

The last two years have been a fast learning curve for Stainton as she only competed in her first heptathlon early in 2013 after being a 400m hurdler.

She is currently second in the UK junior rankings and is very close to achieving the qualifying mark for the World Junior Athletics Championships in America later this summer.