Two of Sale's multi events training group, Jasmin Dotzek and Alex Wort, produced personal best performances for Great Britain against strong teams from France and Spain during the indoor international held at Cardiff's national indoor arena last weekend. Jasmin to record a huge event improvement to 3725 points and fifth place behind the hugely impressive Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Alex to 4760 points in the Men's heptathlon.
The second day of the competition saw Jasmin execute a stunning 60m hurdles run to open her day with a new personal best of 9.03s then follow this with an electrifying High Jump best that was full of drive and commitment. Shot Putt and Long Jump performances close to her bests set earlier this year left her in a good position going into the gruelling 800m closing event at which she powered through to another new personal milestone and put the cap on a memorable competitive day.
Quite a pleasure and privilege for Jasmin to finish as second Brit and overall sixth place in the U23 Women's section to Johnson-Thompson who delivered a stunning succession of marks that culminated in the best total ever by a British woman indoors at her age and only ten points off Kluft's world age group record.
In the U20 Men's competition, an exceptional French team and strong Spanish team showed on the first day why they expected to leave the young and developing British squad far behind them with a string of outstanding sprinting and jumping marks that Alex and the other British competitors struggled to match. Yet he still produced four performances of solid standing that included a personal best in the 60m and started the second day in combative mood, determined not to let anyone get away without a battle.
And so it proved as he started on a series of personal best discipline performances that lasted all day. The mornings 60m hurdles saw him push the best French and Spanish sprinters all the way and landing himself fifth place. He followed this with a gritty Pole Vault competition in which he moved his personal best upwards to 4m15 and earned third place leaving just the 1000m run to end the day. Another gutsy run achieved a personal best time of 2min48.95 to finish the day on a high note.
Overall the French team just managed to beat the Great Britain team by as much as they in turn defeated the Spanish team but the standards of competition on display all weekend proved to be so high that records and personal bests were tumbling at every turn. Our two representatives should feel proud to have contributed to such a fine competition.
Posted 02/04/2012 23:09