English Schools Javelin
AFD Throws Squad sent 3 javelin throwers to English Schools this year, led by Leanne Davies. Last year Leanne came 9th as a bottom year in the U17 Women’s category. She has had her heart set on a medal ever since.
As Hampshire School’s silver medalist and a b-string entrant, Leanne had a lot to prove. She opened up the competition throwing 39m, close to her PB, starting her campaign in the silver medal position.
When the top 8 made the cut earning them 3 more throws, the competition started to tighten. Davies was pushed off the podium position, down into 4th.
After trying to force her 4th and 5th round throws, Davies had 1 throw remaining. Perhaps it was the feeling of losing a medal position, or perhaps it was the belief accumulated over a year’s training; Leanne stepped up and produced a massive 4m (+10%) PB. In the final round the AFD thrower delivered a silver medal winning throw of 43m04, coming second only to the UK #1. Result pictured.
Leanne welled-up in tears, congratulated by training partner Katie Barrow, who placed 12th. Room-mate Katherine Abel also came 11th in the U15G Javelin event.
Good luck for Saturday.
Go Go Go Leanne Davies !!!