MARCH: Heptathlete Hazel achieves 6,000 points in competition for first time
LOUISE Hazel achieved more than 6,000 points in competition for the first time in her heptathlon career – and immediately dedicated the feat to her late father. The 23 year old from March set two personal bests and narrowly missed out on two more as she s
Story by: TOM JACKSON
LOUISE Hazel achieved more than 6,000 points in competition for the first time in her heptathlon career - and immediately dedicated the feat to her late father.
The 23 year old from March set two personal bests and narrowly missed out on two more as she scored 6,043 points at the World Combine Events Challenge in Germany.
Hazel said: "It was 150 points up on my personal best and, with it being Father's Day on Sunday and a year since my dad (Pete) died, it's the best gift I could have given him."
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Hazel made a great start to the competition on Saturday, finishing second in the 100 metre hurdles with a time of 13.48s. It was just 0.04s off her personal best.
She cleared 1.66 metres in the high jump and achieved 11.80 metres in the shot put, before coming third in the 200 metres with a time of 24.36s.
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On Sunday, Hazel set personal bests in the long jump (6.39 metres) and 800 metres (2mins 15.99s), and her javelin throw of 43.73 metres was less than 50cm short of her best. She finished fifth overall.
"Everything went as well as it could have done," Hazel said. "I have not run as close to my personal best in the hurdles since 2006.
"There is still room for improvement in the high jump and shot put but they are the disciplines I have made the most technique changes in."
Hazel remains in pole position for the final Great Britain heptathlon slot for the World Championships in August.
But before then, she will compete in another heptathlon in Watford next month.