Pooley jumps season's best as Britain take fifth in Russia

21 June 2015 / 16:10

Isobel Pooley jumped a season's best and World Championship qualifying height of 1.94m to help Great Britain to fifth on the final day of action at the European Team Championships in Cheboksary.

After the men's 4x100m relay team stormed to victory on Saturday there were more impressive performances from the squad with Rhianwedd Price finishing third in the 1500m and Danny Talbot taking second in the 200m.

That meant Britain finished the day on 291 points with Russia taking top spot on home soil after racking up 368.5, Germany taking second on 346.5 and France third with 319.5.

For Pooley it is has been a mixed season so far with a tumultuous indoor campaign but she shook off any doubt to leap 1.94 – 0.2 off her personal best.

However, the 22-year-old was not resting on her laurels and has her sights set on reaching greater heights as the season goes on.

It wasn’t my best to be fair, but I got the 94 which was important,” she said.

I’d like to have seen what would have happened with 1.97m if I’d had a further two jumps, because the first one was an attempt at a PB and as attempts at PBs go, it was pretty damn good.”

Elsewhere Sophie Hitchon claimed eight points for the team as she finished fifth in the hammer with season's best of 71.89.

As well as being a season's best the throw was also inside the world qualifying standard and Hithcon believes there is more in the locker.

I feel really pleased to throw a season’s best and to throw 70m again and another world champs qualifier,” she said.

But I feel like I definitely had more in me, I missed it a little bit and you only get three rounds so you have to bring it.

I’d have liked that 4th throw to push it out further. But I am building towards the end of the season and  World championships in Beijing hopefully – that’s the main goal.”

And in the men's 4x400m relay Richard Buck brought the baton home but was beaten on the line by France's Thomas Jordier and had to settle for second – France's time a new championship record. 


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