STAFFORD athlete Emma Hamplett remains in a class of her own at the top of the UK under-17 javelin rankings after out-throwing her opponents by almost ten metres to retain her English schools’ title in Birmingham.
Fifteen-year-old Hamplett (Cannock and Stafford AC) chalked up 52.21m at the ESAA English Track and Field Championships to win the title for a second successive year ahead of the UK’s number three from Somerset, Laurie Dawkins, who recorded a distance of 43m.
The Stafford Grammar School student has led the national table all season and her personal best effort of 57.14m at Loughborough in June puts her among the top four JT500 throwers in the world at under-17, with less than two metres separating her from the current leader, Eda Tugsuz, from Turkey.
Her performance at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium last weekend gained her selection to the England side to compete in the SIAB Track and Field International Championships in Cardiff on Saturday (July 19), where her current form makes her the favourite to win.
“I got 48 metres in my first throw and had to wait until my last to get the 52.21 metres. I don’t feel under any pressure because I just take each competition as it comes,” said Hamplett, whose agenda also includes the MCAA regional club championships next month, followed by the national club championships in Bedford.
Meanwhile her younger sister, Tori ,12, was also in action at the English schools’ event where she threw 33.98m in the under-15 javelin to finish 12th and keeps her place in the UK top 20.