Kelly eyes more javelin glory

GOLDEN GIRL: Kelly Bramhald won gold in the javelin at the English Schools Championships.
GOLDEN GIRL: Kelly Bramhald won gold in the javelin at the English Schools Championships.
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KELLY Bramhald has wasted no time in switching her attentions to the elite of the continent after proving herself the best in England at the Aviva English Schools Track and Field Championships.

The 18-year-old was back to facing familiar faces at Gateshead International Stadium after taking on the seniors last month at the Olympic Trials where she finished tenth.

And the surroundings clearly suited the Hall Cross pupil as Bramhald walked away with the senior javelin gold medal thanks to a best throw of 46.45m.

But rather than sit back and admire her achievement, Bramhald was already targeting her next starring role, setting her sights on the 2013 European Junior Championships in Italy as the perfect setting to top the podium.

“I am absolutely ecstatic with the gold, I still can’t believe it now and I won’t stop smiling for a while I think,” said the Doncaster AC starlet.

“I think I competed well. I didn’t throw my best technically but I am over the moon.

“The target coming in was to get the gold medal and I have achieved my goal so I couldn’t be happier.

“It is my first medal at the English Schools and this is my sixth and last time coming here and I am so happy to finally have a medal.

“It means I end on the ultimate high because it is the highlight of my career so far.

“Next year I have the European Junior Championships in Italy and it will be a massive achievement just to make it there so that is my next target.”

Bramhald wasn’t the only athlete flying the flag for Doncaster in Gateshead, with Ridgewood School pupil Aiden Davies claiming silver in the 400m inter hurdles event in 54.91s.

Jack Houghton matched Davies’ feat in the senior 400m hurdles.

And Danum School Technology College’s Beth Dobbin also finished with silver, this time in the senior 200m with a new personal best time of 24.7s to leave her toasting a job well done on her debut in the competition.

Dobbin also took home a bronze medal as part of the South Yorkshire 4x100m relay team.

“I have had a great season but I didn’t expect to make the final because I was so nervous,” said 18-year-old Dobbin.

“Overall I am very happy with my performance and it was my first time at the championships and it has been a really good experience.

“It’s great fun to be part of a team and one day I hope to be part of the Aviva GB & NI Team as a professional athlete.

“I am so excited that I’ll be watching my heroes this summer and I hope it will make a huge difference for our athletes to know that we will all be backing the team.”

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