Abigail Swann just missed out on a bronze medal at the recent Aviva England Athletics Indoor Championships held at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham in the under-20 women’s long jump competition.
Abbie’s first event was the 60m sprint, which was only her fourth competitive race, having just taken up sprinting and achieving qualification for the Birmingham event at the recent Northern Athletics Championships.
The competitors in Abbie’s heat included Jodie Williams, the former Great Britain world junior champion, who was drawn in the next lane. Abbie was delighted to finish fifth in the heat and posted a personal best time of 8.04 seconds.
The long jump competitors were warming up whilst the 60m event took place and Abbie had a quick spike change and managed a couple of warm-up jumps before the competition commenced.
Her first jump was a creditable 5.35m, a season’s best, but she continued to improve on this and was in the bronze medal position going into her seventh jump when she produced another personal best of 5.61m. She then went to fourth place with one round remaining. Unfortunately, Abbie’s last effort was a no jump.
However, she was encouraged by the fact that it was possibly her longest jump of the competition.
Although also qualifying for the triple jump competition, Abbie decided not to take part as she considers she needs to improve her technique and wished to avoid the risk of injury.
Abbie hopes her results from this competition, and also from the Northern Championships, will be above the qualifying standards for the England Athletics Aviva Under-23 and Under-20 Championships and World Trials to be held later in the year.
She has achieved the qualifying standards for the English Schools’ Championships and can now concentrate on her fitness and technique and improving on her personal bests without having to chase qualifying standards.
Abbie is now back to the routine of intense training, six times a week, in preparation for the outdoor season when she intends to start competing in the 100m sprint and attempt to reach the qualifying standard for this event.