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Laura smashes county javelin record

PUBLISHED: 17:32 12 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:35 16 September 2010

Laura McDonald, from Wymondham, had a smashing time at the weekend when she broke the county javelin record by over two metres.

She said: "To be honest I still can't really believe it, I'm in a state of shock.

Laura McDonald, from Wymondham, had a smashing time at the weekend when she broke the county javelin record by over two metres.

She said: “To be honest I still can't really believe it, I'm in a state of shock. It was really enjoyable, I just love being out there and throwing and showing what I can do.

“Going into competitions I never really expect anything, I just hope for the best really and if I come out with a PB it's a nice bonus.”

The record was achieved last weekend when some of the UK's top athlete's converged on Copthall stadium in London for the UK's premier field event competition, the McCain Jump and Throws Fest, held over two days and organised by the sports national governing body, UK Athletics.

McDonald, who attends Wymondham High School, took part in the competition which deliberately disposes of conventional age groups, seeding each athlete by their personal best distances, thus hopefully encouraging individuals to increase their own performance.

At this extremely well organised event, 15-year-old McDonald threw in pool two of the javelin competition.

She not only found she was the youngest competitor, but also up against U20s and senior women, some already with GB vests.

Adrenalin-pumping music and individual commentaries all added to the atmosphere and focused on getting the very best out of each athlete in every discipline.

Despite two initial no-throws, the young thrower composed herself to achieve 43.95m in the third round, followed by 44.80m in the fourth and in the fifth took the lead with 47.21m, shattering the Norfolk county record by over two metres in the process.

She then consolidated her position in the last and final round, with spectators and competitors clapping faster and faster as she reached the end of her run-up which culminated with a massive throw of 47.52m, adding nearly 3m to her previous life-time best.

First to congratulate Laura was Esa Utriainen, National Event Coach for javelin who presented her with two prizes on behalf of the sponsors, one for winning the event, the other for her fantastic new PB Laura now moves up the fourth place in the all- time rankings for the age group.

Laura's next competition is the England Athletics Championships at Bedford and then the UK School games in Gateshead in September where she has been selected for the 4x100m relay and her favourite event, the javelin.

Laura receives funding support to help with training from the Norfolk Sports and Cultural foundation as well as Sports Aid.

She is also sponsored by the Norse Group based in Norwich.

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