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Kemp outlines burgeoning talent with dazzling display

Athletics ace Katrina Kemp showed her international class by guiding England‘s junior girls team to second in a school pentathlon event.

Competing against hosts Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the West Suffolk Athletics Club member continued her impressive form this year, finishing fourth from the 16 competitors taking part as England ended up as runners-up in the team competition.

Having enjoyed a whirlwind year in which she competed in various regional championships, the Westley Middle School pupil kicked off the event with the long jump, securing a personal best of 5.33 metres to finish in second place behind a Scottish competitor, scoring 651 points.

A disappointing showing in the 60m hurdles saw Kemp drop down to ninth place overall, before recovering in spectacular style with a jump of 1.65 metres, the joint best on the day, giving her 795 points and taking her back up to fifth place.

Although dropping Kemp down the rankings again, the shot put, as with the three earlier disciplines, was another personal best at 8.77 metres, her previous best being 8.43. This scored 449 points.

In the final event, the 800 metres, that steely determination came into focus more so than in any other event, simply because it came at the end of a day of such intense competition.

The Risby-based athlete’s time of two minutes and 29.29 seconds (702 points) was the fourth fastest on the day and, just as satisfying was her fourth fastest ever, all the better times coming in competitions where she had not had to endure such pressure.

In the final 300 metres, Kemp appeared to be almost out on her feet but she pushed herself all the way, for an excellent finish to a memorable day.

Kemp’s points total was 3317 and left her just 36 points short of an individual bronze medal.


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