Thrower Jo Butterfield wins European silver medal

Jo Butterfield
Jo Butterfield

Doncaster-born Jo Butterfield won a siler medal at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

Butterfield, who now lives in Scotland, threw a best of 21.53m to seal a podium finish in the F51 Club Throw.

She said: “It has been a tough year. I had surgery earlier in the year, so I am just very happy to be competing here. I would have liked to have thrown a little further, but it is pretty good to be out there.

“I would have preferred the gold to be honest but wouldn’t we all. Getting a medal for the team is a big thing.

“It has been a rough year and a lot of rehab, I still have more to come. To take that silver medal is quite special.”

She added: “I was perhaps a bit sluggish. I was glad to get one really big throw out there where the speed was right but the others, I didn’t feel like that.

“I have a lot of work to do over the winter to get stronger, but I look forward to doing that and coming back fighting in Dubai next year.”

Butterfield is the reigning Paralympic champion.