Hughes sets new personal best in his season opener

GREAT START: Harry Hughes
GREAT START: Harry Hughes
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Harry Hughes got his new season off to a flyer as he set a new personal best while competing at the European Throwing Cup last weekend.

The Stowmarket javelin ace was in Gran Canaria for the two-day event, which marked the start of his 2017 campaign.

The 19-year-old, who has stepped up into the Under-23s category this year, produced a personal best of 76.59m with his fourth throw during the Under-23 men’s final on Sunday afternoon.

His new career-best throw was enough to secure a fourth place finish in the event, which was won my Moldova’s Adrian Mardari, whose winning throw of 82.34m secured him the title.

Norbert Rivasz-Tóth (79.04m), of Hungrary, and German Jonas Bonewit (78.13) completed the podium places in Gran Canaria.

Hughes’ throw of 76.59m was close to the qualifying benchmark for next year’s Commonwealth Games, which is currently set at 77m.

The former King Edward VI Sixth Form student will now return to training, ahead of possible appearances at the European Team Championships, in France, and the European Under-23 Championships, in Poland, in the summer.