FENLAND: Louise Hazel to discover on Monday if she is in GB squad for World Championships

PUBLISHED: 17:27 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:11 02 June 2010

By THOMAS TAWELL HEPTATHLETE Louise Hazel will discover on Monday if she is to be selected for next month s athletics World Championships in Berlin. The 23-year-old British No. 2 competed in what may be her last outing before the World Championships on S

By THOMAS TAWELL

HEPTATHLETE Louise Hazel will discover on Monday if she is to be selected for next month's athletics World Championships in Berlin.

The 23-year-old British No. 2 competed in what may be her last outing before the World Championships on Sunday

Although "shattered" from her niece's first birthday the night before, the event, in Birmingham, was a success.

She said: "I was very pleased with how it went."

In the javelin she threw 42m in the rain, which she said was a "really solid performance".

Hazel, from March, also equalled a personal best of 1m71ins in the high jump.

She said: "I haven't jumped 1m71ins for two years."

She added: "I've been focusing on improving my high jump and shot put."

Those picked for the World Championships will attend a 10-day holding camp in Portugal starting on August 5.

The heptathlon will take place on day one and day two of the World Championships on August 15-16.

At the moment Hazel has done enough to warrant a B place, but if her score gets beaten this weekend in Watford, an event she has chosen not to attend in bid to stay fresh, she admits that she will be staying at home.

If no one from a country has achieved the A standard, they may send two athletes with the B qualification times, but only one may compete at the championships.

So far this year only Jessica Ennis, world and British No.1, has achieved the A standard, so Hazel is looking to take the B spot.

If selected, Hazel hopes to take home some personal bests from the championships.

She said: "I can only go out and ask for a best performance. I'm currently ranked 16th in the world and I hope to improve on this."

Hazel has taken big steps forward this year. She has improved by about 400 points, which has made a huge difference to her world ranking. This is partly down to the fact that she has now left university, has a sponsor, and has more training time.

She said: "I wasn't ranked in the top 50 in the world last year, but now I'm ranked inside the top 20.


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