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Silver success in Commonwealth Games for athlete near Stone

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

Jazmin Sawyers

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AN ATHLETE near Stone is leaping for joy after picking up a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Jazmin Sawyers' medal-winning long jump was also her best of the season, as she competed last night in a rain-soaked Glasgow.

The 20-year-old, from Trentham, leaped into second place with a 6.54m jump, having been guaranteed a bronze going into her final jump.

Her third jump had been down in eighth place following jumps of 6.30m and 6.10m in rounds one and two.

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The pressure was on Jazmin in round three to make the top eight and get another three jumps, and when the pressure was on, the 2012 world junior bronze medallist delivered.

She followed up a 6.47m jump with 5.83m and 6.40m before her final round heroics.

The gold medal went to Ese Brume of Nigeria who jumped 6.56m.

A delighted Jazmin said: "It's unbelievable.

"My aim at the start of the year was to make the Commonwealth Games and then once I made the team, then the final, I said to my coach 'Let's just see what happens'.

"And I've come away with a medal, I can't believe it.

"I'm so pleased because I think that bodes well for the future.

"To do that in a Championship environment and to step up a little bit, not all the way to gold which obviously I would have loved, but I am just over the moon.

"I can't believe I've even heard criticisms (of the Games) because an event like this to me is the biggest event I've done.

"This is a chance to take the big girls on."

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