ATHLETICS: SOLIHULL Heptathlete Katie Stainton has been called up for the Great Britain team for the Under 23s European Championships following a personal best performance in Czech Republic last weekend.
Coached by former Olympian Kelly Sotherton, the 22-year-old competed at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Kladno.
Needing to score 5,800 points to confirm qualification to the Under 23s event, Stainton knew she needed a season best performance after managing to total 5766 points earlier this year.
Strong performances in the 100m hurdles, shot put, and 200m left the youngster in a positive mood with her target well in sight.
A slightly below par jump of 5.98m in the long jump left her with work to do entering the final two events.
Javelin then got off to a bad start with a throw of just over 33m, however a second throw of 38m put her back on track.
Stainton saved the best until last though with a huge throw of 43.18m, giving her first ever throw which reached further than 40m.
The 800m was the last event.
The Solihull youngster ran a solid race to finish in 2min 14sec, which ensured she finished 73 points ahead of her 5,800 target.
Her final total of 5,873 is also just 27 points off her next target of 5,900 being the qualifying mark for next April’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The Heptathlete will now travel with the Great Britain Under 23s team to Bydgoszcz, Poland, in mid July to compete in the European Championships.
High hopes of Commonwealth Games qualification and a podium finish are very much at the front of Katie’s mind.