Double gold for rising athlete

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HEPTAHLETE Liam Ramsay moved a step closer to a Great Britain call-up by winning gold at the U20 Indoor Combined Events Championships in Sheffield.

The 18-year-old from Edlington led from the outset of the heptathlon event - prevailing in all but the pole vault and shot putt competitions - to leave his rivals behind.

Ramsay claimed a points tally of 5,290 for an emphatic victory, 288 points ahead of nearest rival Jospeh Hutchinson of Team Bath, to also take the title of Northern champion and claim his second gold medal of the weekend.

The McAuley Catholic School sixth former is now ranked as the number one heptahtlete in the country at under 20 level and the teenager is focussing on qualifying for the European Junior Championships in Estonia in July.

He said: “Winning gold at Sheffield is definitely a career highlight - probably second behind finishing runner-up in the English Schools last year.

“The competition went very well for me and even though I didn’t win the pole vault and shott putt I managed to get personal bests in those two events.

“I scored 6,883 points at the English Schools last year and I need to get that up to 7,300 to be in with a chance of going to Estonia with the Great Britain team.”

Ramsay, who represents City of Sheffield Athletics Club, made a winning debut for England last August in a home international.

He hopes to leap to prominence at senior level in time for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - with the London Olympics in 2012 set to come just too soon.